Safest Cars of 2020

From daily work commutes to family road trips, we spend a lot of time in our cars. In fact, one 2019 study showed that the average American spends nearly 18 days driving a year! With that kind of quality car time, who wouldn’t want the most reliable vehicle they can find?

We’re here to help, highlighting some of the safest cars on the road in 2020 as determined by the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Car Rankings.

These rankings are based on crash test results from the National Highway Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; they also consider any accident-avoidance technologies the vehicle may have. Performance, interior features, and critics’ ratings also factor into the scores.

Whether you’re car shopping or simply curious about how your vehicle measures up, here are some of the safest cars in each class. Click the vehicle name to learn more. 

The Top 3 Safest Cars in Each Class

Cars, often called sedans, are a great choice for reliability, fuel economy, and a smooth ride.

Safest Small Car

Volkswagen Golf GTI
  1. 2020 Volkswagen GTI
  2. 2020 Kia Forte
  3. 2020 Mazda Mazda3

Safest Midsize Car

Toyota Camry
  1. 2020 Toyota Camry
  2. 2020 Honda Accord
  3. 2020 Mazda Mazda6

Safest Large Car

  1. 2019 Kia Cadenza
  2. 2019 Buick LaCrosse
  3. 2020 Chevrolet Impala

Safest Wagons

Audi Allroad
  1. 2019 Audi Allroad
  2. 2020 Subaru Outback
  3. 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The Top 3 Safest SUVs in Each Class

SUVs offer a great middle-ground if you’re looking for comfort as well as cargo space. Increased visibility is a bonus.

Safest Compact SUV

Honda CRV
  1. 2020 Honda CR-V
  2. 2019 Mazda CX-5
  3. 2020 Kia Sportage

Safest Midsize SUV

Kia Telluride
  1. 2020 Kia Telluride
  2. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
  3. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Safest Large SUV

Ford Expedition
  1. 2020 Ford Expedition
  2. 2020 Chevrolet Suburban
  3. 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safest Crossover SUV 

  1. 2020 Honda CR-V
  2. 2020 Kia Telluride
  3. 2019 Mazda CX-5

The Top 3 Safest Trucks in Each Class

Whether you need to navigate icy roads, tow a boat or camper, or haul heavy loads, a pickup truck will get the job done.

Safest Compact Pickup Trucks

Honda Ridgeline
  1. 2019 Honda Ridgeline
  2. 2020 Ford Ranger
  3. 2020 GMC Canyon

Safest Full-Size Pickup Trucks

Dodge Ram 1500
  1. 2020 Ram 1500
  2. 2020 Ford F-150
  3. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Top 3 Safest Vans in Each Class

A favorite for busy families, you just can’t beat the space and versatility of a minivan. The sliding doors make it easier to disembark in crowded parking lots, too.

Safest Minivans

Honda Odyssey
  1. 2020 Honda Odyssey
  2. 2020 Chrysler Pacifica
  3. 2020 Kia Sedona

Safest Minivan Alternatives 

  1. 2020 Kia Telluride
  2. 2020 Ford Expedition
  3. 2020 Hyundai Palisade



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