The way we measure the safety of a vehicle is pretty straight forward. Which vehicle will keep the driver and passengers of a vehicle from injury? However, measuring this value is far more difficult. Crash test ratings play a major role in the process, which take rollover rates, side-impact safety, stability control, and many other factors and safety features into consideration.
Remember – the safest cars are often times very cheap to insure. With that being said, lets get into the list of top 10 safest cars of 2008:
The Honda Pilot is the only SUV that made it on to the list. This car scored very high on all NHSTA and IIHS safety ratings. The Pilot has very intuitive handling the rivals the control of a car. All 8 seats have seatbelts and it comes stock with 3 rows of curtain side air bags.
Similar to the Jaguar S-Type, the Lincoln LS has also won numerous safety awards. It even out performed the Jaguar in the standard crash tests. Rear wheel drive and top of the line suspension make this car very easy to handle. Stability control and side curtain airbags are optional amenities, but greatly increase the safety of this car.
8.Lexus ES 330
The airbags found in the Lexus ES 330 are what really make this car stand out in terms of safety. With a total of 8 air bags no other car can compete. In the mid year model of this car, knee air bags are also included. The ES 330 got higher than average safety/crash ratings as well.
The Lucerne, which made its debut in 2006 has made significant improvements in the last 2 years. The most appealing feature of the Lucerne is the Magnetic Ride Control feature that allows for quick handling response time, without sacrificing the smooth ride Buick’s are known for. There are a total of 6 airbags found in the Lucerne, including side airbags.
6.Lincoln Town Car
The Lincoln town car received nearly perfect safety ratings. The Town Car comes standard with all the modern safety features, including side airbags. For the price of this car, no other car can compete.
5.Chrysler 300C/Dodge Charger
The Chrysler 300C and Dodge Charger are more or less the same vehicle despite some difference in body style. These 2 cars offer both power and safety and come standard with almost all the modern safety features you would expect.
The TL’s main selling point when it comes to safety are the well designed light. The high-intensity discharge headlight distribute light evenly so that you can see clearly in the darkest and foggiest conditions.
Like the Honda Pilot, the Odyssey scores very well in crash tests and offers all the safety features you could want to protect yourself and your family. The Odyssey also sports run flat tires, which protect you from accidents caused by flat tires.
From the car company that is known for their cars’ safety features, it is no surprise the S80 made it to the #2 spot on our list. The Four-C active chassis system improves handling, safety and comfort. The car comes standard with front and side airbags. The most interesting safety features of the S80 are the front seats, which adjust backwards in cases of a rear end collision, greatly reducing the chances of neck injury.
The second Acura on our list also sports the innovative headlights system, and a number of air bags (front and side). But what makes the RL really stand out is the all wheel drive handling system, making all road condition ideal for driving. The Technology package they offer, for just under $4,000 can detect and oncoming collision and will jump into action prior to impact. Also included in this package are run flat tires.