Safest Cars on the Road

Hey, fellow Arkansans! Bradi Bear here, getting straight to the point! I’ve done some digging with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and I’m here to highlight the safest cars on the road.

These cars were awarded 2019 “Top Safety Picks,” meaning they earned good ratings in overlap, roof strength and head restraint tests AND earned an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Below I’ve listed some of the best vehicle choices for safety within each size category. Just as a general rule: larger, heavier vehicles afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Also as a general rule, I’ve found from my own research that pups enjoy a windows-down ride in both large and small vehicles.

Oh, I almost forgot the best part – some of our very own Taylor King Law lawyers shared their thoughts on safe cars! Keep scrolling for our attorney’s top picks for safety. I’m all about efficiency and SAFETY (I am a personal injury dog lawyer), so let’s get to it!

Top 5 Safest Cars in Each Class

(all 2019 models; not ranked in any particular order)

Small Cars

Safest Small Car 2019
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT (courtesy

1.  Hyundai Elantra GT

2.  Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

3.  Kia Soul

4.  Nissan Kicks

5.  Toyota Corolla

Small SUVs

Safest Small SUV 2019
2019 BMW X2 (courtesy

1.  BMW X2

2.  Honda CR-V & HR-V

3.  Hyundai Kona & Tucson

4.  Mazda CX-3 & CX-5

5.  Volvo XC40

Large Luxury Cars

Safest Large Luxury Car 2019
2019 Audi A6 (courtesy

1.  Audi A6

2.  BMW 5 Series

3.  Genesis G80 &G90

4.  Lincoln Continental

5.  Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Midsize Cars

Safest Midsize Car 2019
2019 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T (courtesy

1.  Honda Accord

2.  Hyundai Sonata

3.  Kia Optima

4.  Nissan Altima

5.  Toyota Camry

Midsize Luxury Cars

Safest Midsize Luxury Sedan 2019
2019 Audi A3 (courtesy

1.  Audi A3

2.  Audi A4

3.  Genesis G70

4.  Lexus ES 350

5.  Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Midsize SUVs

Safest Midsize SUV 2019
2019 Honda Pilot (courtesy

1.  Honda Pilot

2.  Hyundai Santa Fe & XL

3.  Kia Sorento

4.  Mazda CX-9

5.  Toyota Highlander

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Safest Midsize Luxury SUV 2019
2019 Acura RDX (courtesy

1.  Acura RDX

2.  BMW X3

3.  Mercedes-Benz GLC

4.  Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

5.  Volvo XC60

Large Cars

Safest Large Car 2019
2019 Kia Cadenza (courtesy

1.  Kia Cadenza

2.  Toyota Avalon

Large SUVs

Safest Large SUV 2019
2019 Audi Q8 (courtesy

1.  Audi Q8


Safest Minivan
2019 Chrysler Pacifica (courtesy

1.  Chrysler Pacifica

2.  Honda Odyssey

Large Pickups

Safest Large Pickup Truck
2019 Honda Ridgeline (courtesy

1.  Honda Ridgeline

Now, let’s hear from those lawyers!

We have some truck fans:

Rusty Mitchell:
“Drive a truck. You’ll see more from up high.”

Joshua Adkerson: “My wife’s SUV is on the list, but my pickup is not. I still prefer the size of a full-size truck when on the road – the field of vision is significantly better and allows to see what’s going on up ahead.”

2015 Chevrolet Silverado (courtesy

Mark Pearson: “I drive a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. I echo the comments from the other attorneys. I like that the truck sits up high to give me a better view of everything, but it gets terrible gas mileage.”

John Bridgeman: “I’m still driving my Chevy Colorado daily since I bought it new back in 2004. I’ve never had any real problems with it, other than a few electrical issues that occurred through normal wear and tear 10 years later. I doubt it tops any list or makes any honorable mentions for safety back during its inception. I tend to agree with Rusty though; the higher up you are, the better.”

Some lawyers had a specific car they favored:

Taylor King: “I believe Chevy Suburbans and the Mercedes GLS are the safest cars on the road.”

Bret Thompson: “I’m no expert, but I’ve never had any issues with any of my Hondas.”

Mary Goff: “Safe AND sleek, the Tesla Model X refuses to roll over, sports falcon wing doors, zips like a sports car, and is powered by electricity.”

Jeep Cherokee (courtesy

Chris Cordero: “I drive a Jeep Cherokee. I looked, and it has a safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. That sounds pretty good to me.”

Rebecca Bryson: “My 2014 Lexus CT 200H is pretty high on the safety list. And I get 46 mpg on average.”

Joe Woodward: “I’ve driven the same Ford Fusion Hybrid for the last 10 years. Great gas mileage.”

Charsie Gordon: “I drive a Subaru. They harped on safety when I bought it.”

Other lawyers think other aspects rather than a specific make contribute the most to safety:

Austin King: “I think something I look for now is a back-up camera.  This is becoming a necessity in a vehicle especially if you live in a neighborhood with small children.  Many companies like Honda are including back-up cameras as standard equipment on their cars.”

(courtesy Rear View Camera Review)

Richard Bright: “Even though automobiles are now being made as safe as they’ve ever been with technology and engineering, all of that is meaningless if someone is looking at his or her phone or one of the many other distractions right in front of us as we drive.”


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