Despite cars being built with new features claiming to make them safer and more efficient, car accidents still occur. Hydroplaning, faulty engineering, issues with the manufacturing, unsafe and inattentive driving, road and weather conditions, and other reasons are still the cause of many accidents. That’s why most experts recommend cars that have a higher safety rating. There are many reasons why today’s cars are some of the safest ever built, including new technology, stronger materials, new safety testing, better design, etc.

The following vehicles were picked by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS HLDI) as some of the TOP SAFETY PICKS of 2017. To qualify for a safety pick, a vehicle has to have good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength, and head restraint tests as well as superior ratings for front crash prevention.

SMALL CAR: 2017 Chevrolet Volt—It is a plug-in hybrid that has efficient and safe headlights and because of its hybrid nature, has a gasoline engine and the ability to recharge the battery while on the go.

LARGE PICKUP: 2017 Honda Ridgeline—It has high ratings in the crash protection and headlights sections.

MIDSIZE SUV: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe—Holds a superior crash prevention rating as well as high ratings on its headlights.

OTHER TOP PICKS INCLUDE: 2017 Nissan Sentra, 2018 Honda Odyssey, 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Audi A6, 2017 BMW 5 Series, 2017 Lexus RX, 2017 Honda Civic.

Before purchasing a new or used vehicle, always do your research to help protect yourself in the event of a car accident.

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