What do you prioritize when shopping for a new vehicle? According to fleetevelution.com, most people look at the Value for Money, Fuel Economy, Environmental Effects, Safety, and Style. Although every family slates their needs in a different order, safety should not be placed on the back burner. “With more cars on the road now than ever before, added safety features are paramount. Manufacturers are always announcing new pieces of safety kit that will prevent a crash or a new development that will protect passengers better in an accident” (fleetevolution.com).
Here is a list of the newest, safest cars of 2021.
According to US News, the 2020 Toyota Camry is the safest car on the road, and typically runs at the best price. While the Camry has great fuel economy it also received a perfect score on all national crash tests. “The IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) awarded the 2020 Camry its highest rating of Good in all six crash test categories. It also earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention” (U.S. News & World Report). This is packed with safety features such as lane departure warning, back up camera, automatic emergency breaking, forward collision and more. Whoever you are car-shopping for, the 2020 and 2021 Toyota Camrys are prospected to be a safe investment. Toyota Camry
Next on the list is the 2020 Honda Insight. Not one of Honda’s more well-known cars but the standards of this vehicle are exceptional. The Insight received a solid score in the U.S. News (USN) N) Hybrid car ranking, coming in at #5 behind other Honda models. The most notable safety features of this car are the driver drowsiness monitoring and traffic sign recognition. The 2020 Honda Insight earned perfect scores for front crash prevention. The price of the insight ranges from $22,000-$24,000, a little less expensive than the fully equipped Camry. Honda Insight
The 2020 Kia Optima is ranked 3rd for the 2021’s safest cars. Earning a USN safety score of 10/10 and an overall score of 8/10. The vehicle is complemented on its spacious interior and safety features. “The 2020 Optima earned a perfect overall safety rating of five out of five safety stars from the NHTSA, with top scores in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests” (U.S. News & World Report). While the safety features are standard, an Optima can be purchased with exclusive attributes. This list includes adaptive cruise control, 360-degree parking camera, and adaptive headlights. This car can be purchased for $23,000. Kia Optima
The 4th safest car of 2021 is the 2020 Subaru Impreza. Although ranking a score of 7.6/10 on the USN overall ballot, it is one of the more affordable cars on the list averaging at $18,695. The Impreza’s features include forward automatic emergency breaking, all-wheel drive, lane keep assist, lead vehicle start alert, etc. The IIHS ranked it a top Safety Pick + and top ratings in all crash tests. With the price and the built-in safety features, this car would be a great pick for any driver chasing a budget. Subaru Impreza
The pick rounding out the top 5 of 2021’s safest cars is the more well-known 2020 Honda Accord. Receiving a safety score of 9.9/10 this car has a sizeable list of standard safety features. Like most car models, you can get an advanced model that are more equipped. These features include red cross traffic alert, head-up display, and blind spot monitoring. Accords have always received positive feedback for their generously sized interior. The Accord, on average, run for $23,870. On top of that, this vehicle has “above average fuel economy to go along with its excellent safety score” making it a top pick for drivers who are looking to save money and stay safe on the road. Honda Accord
Purchasing a new car in 2021 means the vehicle will most likely have these newer standard safety features. On top of staying safe, did you know these vehicles could also save you money on your auto premium? There are multiple factors that go into calculating an auto premium. This may include (but not exclude) age, credit, driving record, and the make and model of the vehicle. According to wallethub.com “Some cars are cheaper to insure than others. Car insurance companies prefer to insure safe vehicles, as they’re less likely to lead to expensive claims. So a car with high safety ratings can get you a bit of a discount”. It is important to realize that some of these models and features are highly sought after, which insurance companies may view as a theft threat. The bottom line is, do some research before purchasing in a new vehicle, you can never be over-aware of what you are making an investment on.