As I said many times before, safety is (and should be) the number one priority for you when picking your next car, especially if you’re driving your family around town. Thankfully, over the last decade the majors in the industry did a tremendous job of bringing affordable safety to the middle-class folks, and so today even the most low-budget models are far more safe (and reliable, and durable) than 10, or even 5 years ago. And let me just give it up for the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) that made this possible. The organization was founded back in 1959 and its main goal was to reduce (heavily) the number of fatal accident here on the US roads and improve driving conditions. It’s like the guardian angel of the industry, the save-keeper. And while a lot has changed since the early days, the IIHS is still ahead of the game and is always exposing flaws and faults in car safety and demands for new safety measures to be implemented with the next generations of the current models. They are constantly “harassing” the majors in the game, making them do better when it comes to safety tech and equipment. I told you they are our peace-keepers, right?
Beware Of Market Leaders With Bad Safety Ratings
So, with all that said, an article titled 6 cars with the worst safety ratings in 2015 might come as a surprise to you, but let me explain: there’s no denying the fact that every new vehicle today is a lot safer than anything from the 50s-60s era, however, there are still some bad apples out there with big-time safety issues. The majority of cars that get a below-average rating from the IIHS perform poorly in the small overlap front test, which is like hitting a tree on the road or a telephone pole. Get this: the organization launched this test back in ’95, and more than 50% of the new cars at the dealerships earned poor or marginal ratings. How about that? Fortunately, today, in 2016, that percentage has been significantly reduced, partially thanks to new measures, like knee airbags. However, with all the latest safety tech, strong materials, airbags and alert systems, we still do have some pretty popular and loved cars here in America that perform ridiculously bad in crash tests. Alright, here are 6 cars with the worst safety ratings in 2015 for you. Don’t EVER buy these ones if you value your life!
#1 – The Hyundai Accent – One Of The Worst Subcompacts
The Accent is one of the cheapest subcompact cars on the market that accentuates (see what I did there?) its strong sides – affordability and fuel-efficiency – over bad performance and quality (not to say luxury). Despite the low-budget price, there are a lot of strong alternatives in the segment, so, don’t let that cute smile fool ya. Besides, the interior lacks good-quality materials and finishing, giving you the impression that you’re back in the 90s, not 2016. The Hyundai car earned a poor small overlap front test rating, along with an average score for side impact protection. As I just said, the market is crowded with safety-conscious models like the overprotective Chevy Spark and Honda Fit, both of which got Top Safety Picks from the IIHS and offer more cozy, roomy and high-class interiors than the Accent, making it one of the weakest models in the world of subcompact cars right now. Speaking of 6 cars with the worst safety ratings in 2015 I just had to include this one so that you know to keep your distance.
#2 – The Mazda5 – An Outdated Minivan
This cute little fella is a popular choice among middle-class Americans, but it never got that significant redesign we were promised and is largely the same as in 2010 – and you just can’t ignore that. Back in the day the flowing design was dope, however, today, in 2016, it looks a bit outdated at best. The Mazda3 and 6 models let go of that now-ridiculous styling and moved forward. Alright, what about the safety ratings? Nothing to be proud of, I’m afraid: the Mazda5 got a Poor rating in the small overlap front test, an average rating for side impact safety, along with an “Acceptable” rating for seat performance and head restraint. So, why keep rolling with this old-school minivan when you’ve got Toyota’s Sienna, right? Aha, that’s right – with Mazda’s highly competitive line-up expanding and conquering new highs, the Mazda5 is slated for production termination. In fact, I believe it’s already discontinued.
6 Cars With The Worst Safety Ratings In 2015 – #3, The Audi A4
The A4 has a special place in Audi’s heart, as it helped the brand to break into the elite of the German industry and stand right next to Mercedes-Benz and BMW. It’s a sporty sedan, introduced in ’95, and the direct rival to the world-famous 3-Series from the “friendly” BMW. With a 2.0-lit engine under the hood, capable of 220 Horsepower and a highly enjoyable luxurious interior the A4 is more than just an alternative. The only downside is Audi went cheap and saved on the sedan’s safety: as a result, it performed Poorly in the IIHS small overlap front test. Fun fact: the A3, the little brother, performed surprisingly good and earned a Top Safety Pick +. Can you believe that? I’m not really sure how is that possible, but numbers are numbers, and facts don’t lie. It’s a bit sad for me to put the A4 in the list of 6 cars with the worst safety ratings in 2015 and witness it not getting the recognition it deserves because of the flaws in safety, but, again, it is what it is. Better luck next time, I guess.
#4 – The Lincoln MKS – Luxurious But Not Safe
Despite the fact that Lincoln, Ford’s luxury brand, is slowly, but steadily getting back on its feet and onto the pedestal with the refreshed line-up and the upcoming Continental, it still has a few bad seeds, like the MKS sedan. This model is heavily based on the Ford Taurus and that never earned it any cool points or street credit. Like the A4 we just talked about, the MKS is THE ONLY vehicle in the segment to get a Poor rating in the IIHS small overlap front test. That’s pretty bad, folks, considering the fact that pretty much every last luxury sedan on the market has earned a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick + rating. Well, I just hope the brand-new Continental will not be as much of an embarrassment as this car, because I’m personally cheering for it and can’t wait for the release date. As for the MKS, it’s no surprise why it’s not a best-seller – not even close. The customers want to feel safe, especially in a luxury car.
6 Cars With The Worst Safety Ratings In 2015 – #5, The Jeep Wrangler
What, the Wrangler has poor safety ratings? Are you sure?! Again, folks, numbers don’t lie. This go-getter earned its legendary status for that once-in-a-lifetime off-road performance and old-school, almost retro simplicity and design. Unfortunately, it’s not a safe pick at all. And you can imagine why the trademark removable doors don’t do it justice – that’s why the Wrangler fails in crash protection (the IIHS gave it a Poor rating for the side impact test). Add in the average ratings in head restraint and seats test and in front small overlap front test and you’ll get a highly dangerous SUV. Remember: an off-road-friendly, rough and touch vehicle doesn’t have to be bad with safety in order to be cool. Trust me, you’ll get the kicks even in the safest vehicle, so, if you’re a fan of the wild and free, I strongly recommend checking out the competition before you go ahead with the Jeep Wrangler. I didn’t include in into the list of 6 cars with the worst safety ratings in 2015 just for the heck of it.
#6 – The Nissan Quest – Yet Another Bad Minivan
For quite some time now the Nissan Quest has been one of the best-looking and awesome minivans in the industry. However, when it comes to safety, the Japanese engineers performed unusually poorly. The IIHS heads even called the minivan’s small overlap front test one of the worst in history. And that says a lot, folks. Don’t be seduced by the good looks – run away from the Quest as far as you can and go with the market-leaders like the Toyota Sienna, the Honda Odyssey or the Kia Sedona. All 3 got Top Safety Picks, and so, if safety means something to you, you better delete that Nissan minivan from your list of potential picks…for good! Ok, that’s it for today – 6 cars with the worst safety ratings in 2015. You gotta know your “enemies” in order to fight them, and today we learned about the most dangerous models on the market. Keep your seatbelts on, don’t save on safety and enjoy the road!
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