Which is the safest brand of car on the road? Woburn-based iSeeCars recently looked through 30 million car listings and reviewed how many models within each brand received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. iSeeCars took the number of listings with five-star ratings and divided that figure by all listings for the brand.
One of the most surprising findings to come from the study was that Swedish automaker Volvo did not take the top spot on the list. Instead, Volvo was surpassed by an American brand.
Another surprise finding was that Honda, among the most popular used car brands, came in last on the list. This is because only 12 % of Honda’s total car listings have a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
See which car brands iSeeCars considers the safest and the models that helped put them on the list. Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 11.9
While one of the most popular brands on this list, Honda only placed 12th on iSeeCars’ rankings in terms of safety ratings.
Honda models with the highest percentage of five-star ratings between model years 2001 and 2014 include the CR-V (12 percent), Accord (12 percent), Civic (16 percent), and Odyssey (22 percent).
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Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 12.3
GMC is the first American brand to make iSeeCars list.
Models that helped propel GMC to its spot include the Acadia (48 percent). Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 12.7
According to iSeeCars, between 2001 and 2014 Hyundai brands had some of the highest percentages of NHTSA five-star ratings, but this only allowed Hyundai to take the number 10 spot. The brands received an NHTSA five-star rating include the Sonata Hybrid (81 percent), Santa Fe Sport (78 percent), and the Sonata (19 percent). Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 14
The Acura is the only Japanese brand to crack iSeeCars’ top 10. Models that helped Acura reach its place on the list include the TL (21 percent), TSX (9 percent), and the RDX (6 percent). Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 14.2
Kia is the second South Korean car brand to appear on this list. Kia brands that earned five-star NHTSA safety ratings between 2001 and 2014 include the Optima (61 percent) and the Sportage (21 percent). Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 14.3
Cadillac is the first of four American car brand to crack the top 10 list . Between 2001 and 2014, the brands that helped Cadillac earn its place with five-star NHTSA safety ratings include the ATS (74 percent), CTS-V (49 percent), and the CTS (18 percent).
Pictured: The new Cadillac ATS coupe was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January. Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 15.2
Licoln is the second American car brand to appear on this list. The brands that earned a five-star NHTSA rating and helped drive Lincoln to such a high spot include the Town Car (87 percent), MKS (15 percent), and the MKZ (4 percent). Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 16.2
The third US car brand to make iSeeCars’ list is Chevrolet. While did not make the top spot on iSeeCars’ list, Chevrolet boasts one of the safest brands on the list, the Cruze. According to the study, 99 percent of Chevy Cruze brands had a five-star NHTSA rating between 2001 and 2014. Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 18.6
The BMW 3 and 5 series helped earn the German automaker its place as a top safety brand. Between 2001 and 2014, 15 percent of BMW 3 series and 33 percent of 5 series models had a five-star rating. Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 21.4
Audi is the second German automaker to earn a place in the top 10. Between 2001 and 2014, 21 percent of Audi S4 and 26 percent of A4 models had a five-star rating. Next
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 24
Despite its reputation for safety, Swedish automaker Volvo was unable to take the top spot on iSeeCars’ list. Volvo models with the highest percentage of five-star ratings include the S80 (93 percent), XC60 (75 percent), and the S60 (42 percent).
Pictured: 2014 Volvo S60 on display at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2014.
Percentage of Safest Vehicles: 26.4
With more than 26 percent of its car listings boasting a five-star rating, Buick took the highest honor on iSeeCars’ list. Buick’s five-star safety brands that helped propel it to the top, include the Regal (67 percent), Enclave (45 percent), and the LaCrosse (33 percent).
Pictured: A 2005 Buick LaCrosse CXS Back to the beginning
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