7 cars good at avoiding crashes

Is your car adept at reducing speeds and avoiding collisions? These vehicles are.

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Jan 21, 2014 7:57PM
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Safety technology is all good and well, but doesn't it ultimately come down to the driver and his/her skill... and intelligence. If an idiot is behind the wheel and barreling head-on into you because he/she is too busy texting to pay attention, drunk, or is just plain stupid, then what good is all the safety technology that he/she has in the car. You may get stopped, but the other driver may not even hit the brakes...
May 27, 2014 7:17PM
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it's not the car's responsibility to avoid  a crash ..DUH, IT'S THE DRIVER !!!!!
May 27, 2014 7:27PM
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The only cars I know of that are unsafe are the ones with "LOOSE NUTS" holding the wheel.
May 27, 2014 9:52PM
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Cars don't avoid crashes---people do.
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I cant afford most of the cars...

Have a used Chevy Impala with NHTSA five star rating.... It has been tested in two accidents and survived.

There is a reason its a popular police fleet vehicle



May 28, 2014 9:30AM
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I used to drive a BMW and while servicing my car the dealer and I had a discussion concerning vehicle crash protection of my BMW and also the Mercedes Benz autos that he sold and serviced.  He said without equivocation, that at highway speeds it did not matter what type of car you were driving, against a semi tractor trailer the automobile driver would be killed.  On I-80 while driving through Nebraska and Kansas I have seen autos completely ripped off their frames and flattened by semi's.   The modern safety technology might help during low speed crashes but at highway speeds the best deterrent is rational operation, attentive and good defensive driving skills by the vehicle operator.
May 27, 2014 8:21PM
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The driver, the driver and again the driver. It is his or her job to avoid collisions not the cars. Ever see a simple anti lock failure lead to a accident because the numb nuts has no idea how to cycle the pedal to prevent it. Hell these days they don't even know that a car won't steer with the brakes locked. All this safety stuff is great but unless you know what to do when it fails you are not a well trained driver by any means. Never under estimate skill since that is your best asset behind the wheel.
May 28, 2014 12:40AM
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Drivers should be ultimately responsible nearly all accidents. What is scary is the car/tractor trailer that drives itself. Where is this coming from? People are wanting more technology? Is it they want some one else to do everything for them? That seems about as likely an answer as any as more people want the government to take care of them so they don't have to do anything. Of course politicians want this too so they can keep track of everyone. The scariest things about self driving cars is that some where down the road there will some failure of the technology and lawsuits will pour out of the courts. The other scary part is that not a single person, politician, or safety expert has said anything about how to protect the public from those systems that are hacked into and either cause traffic jams, kill people, or are hacked by individuals to seek revenge on someone. It is going to happen. Who will ultimately be responsible? Every single car, owner, car manufacturer, the parts suppliers, the technology designers, and anyone else that involved. There is a big push for tractor trailer rigs to be automated so they can be run more  efficiently and for longer periods of time. They are describing large caravans of trucks rolling down the road using the grouping to save fuel. All of this comes down to money. Political greed or corporate greed, it doesn't matter. Maybe this is a way to force people to use public transportation because they will be too scared to trust technology or the drivers that don't use it.  I will bet that if this comes to pass that not a single politician will use that technology to get around Washington. A good example of how technology shouldn't be completely trusted, look at how it is affecting the skills of commercial pilots these days.
Feb 11, 2014 12:54PM
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"Is your car adept at reducing speeds and avoiding collisions? These vehicles are."


I'd like to know how this determination was reached. If it was by analyzing the car's performance characteristics -  well maybe.


But if you're merely talking about a comparison of accident records by make and model, that says more about the differences between drivers than cars.

Apr 25, 2014 10:49PM
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Avoiding accidents is not a discussion of "crash worthy".  Mind bending brakes, sudden acceleration ability and extremely agile steering/handling is what avoids accidents.  The driver has to be up to it.  MOST drivers hit the brakes and grit their teeth until what happens happens.  You have to be a little more cool headed than that.  "drive around it" can be quick steering and the acceleration.  The brakes are the LAST RESORT.  All those little earth tone 4 cylinder econo-boxes are helpless food for the sharks in the close range surprise contest.

May 28, 2014 9:49AM
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The very best driver safety equipment is a highly skilled and well trained driver. The combination of a highly skilled driver who is sober and undistracted will beat the best and most expensive automated safety systems every time.
May 28, 2014 9:01AM
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Attentive, capable drivers and great cars are needed more than ever .
Feb 11, 2014 2:08PM
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The best car for avoiding crashes is any car a woman is not driving.
May 28, 2014 11:34AM
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It's basically all about the driver. A car being driving by a competent, defensive driver is going to be the least likely to be in an accident. To stay on topic... Obviously some cars are going to have an easier time staying out of trouble. Something on the small/light side, for instance (handles tight spaces better, better maneuverability, can come to a stop faster, etc.) would help. But again, all of that is meaningless when there's a bad driver behind the wheel.

Snow tires and/or AWD are huge for avoiding accidents in the winter. Don't underestimate the importance of a good set of tires.
May 28, 2014 1:40PM
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If there was no need for safety systems none would be designed or manufactured.  No driver is 100% perfect 100% of the time.  If the system protects me from me or from someone else I'm all for it.  I'd far rather pay for the system than pay for the accident.
Aug 23, 2014 4:24PM
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did they not use the same ignition switch in caddys? is that why they are on this list
May 27, 2014 8:37PM
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With todays drivers? ah hahahahahahahahahaha
Aug 23, 2014 5:21PM
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I don't like the idea that so many people will be putting so much trust into a sensor. But, I have said this before, someday and probably not to far off. You will buy a car and there won't be a steering wheel or peddles in it. Get ready for some Infrastructure Changes as these cars will require some changes to be made in the roads.
May 28, 2014 1:27PM
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Wow, great article. I didn't realize that articles were now just systematically generated.
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