By Osborne & Francis
October 25, 2023

5 of the Safest Family Cars in the United States

More than 42,000 people died in car accidents across the U.S. in 2022. In Florida, more than 3,500 motorists lost their lives.

Families need vehicles that prioritize the protection of their loved ones on the road. The United States offers a range of safe options, each equipped with advanced safety features and excellent crash test ratings. In this article, we'll look at five of the safest family cars available. We'll highlight some qualities that make them ideal choices for those who want to make sure they get to their destinations safe and sound.

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1. Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry's reputation as a reliable and safe sedan is well-earned. As a long-standing staple in the sedan segment, the Camry boasts a legacy of durability and dependability. 

The inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense adds an extra layer of security. This suite of advanced safety technologies is designed to assist drivers in various scenarios, enhancing their ability to avoid accidents. The automatic emergency braking feature is particularly noteworthy, as it can help mitigate or prevent collisions by applying the brakes if the driver fails to react in time.

Beyond its safety tech, the Camry's solid construction contributes to its safety profile. Toyota built the Camry with a focus on impact absorption and occupant protection. This emphasis on safety extends to its high crash-test ratings from reputable organizations like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), affirming its status as a safe family vehicle.

2. Honda Accord

Honda Sensing, a suite of advanced safety features, reinforces the Accord's focus on driver and passenger protection. The collision mitigation braking system is a standout feature, as it can automatically apply the brakes if a potential collision is detected. Lane-keeping assist aids in preventing unintentional lane departures, and adaptive cruise control enhances driver convenience while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles.

The Accord's strong performance in crash tests underscores its reliability as a safe choice for families seeking a vehicle that excels in both protection and convenience.

3. Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback caters to families who prefer the versatility of a crossover or SUV. One of its key safety features is the standard all-wheel drive, enhancing traction and stability in various road conditions. The EyeSight Driver Assist Technology takes safety a step further by integrating features like pre-collision braking, which can apply full braking force to prevent or reduce the severity of a frontal collision.

This crossover SUV's safety accolades, including top safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA, emphasize Subaru’s commitment to keeping families safe while on the go.

4. Volvo XC60

Volvo's reputation for prioritizing safety innovation is evident in the XC60's features. City Safety, for instance, is an automated emergency braking system that can detect and react to pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles. The lane-keeping aid helps drivers stay centered in their lane and offers extra protection by steering the vehicle away from oncoming traffic.

The XC60's safety is further underscored by its consistent top-tier ratings in safety assessments, making it an appealing choice for families seeking a blend of luxury and protection.

5. Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 features the i-Activsense suite, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Blind spot monitoring enhances visibility and awareness, especially during highway driving or lane changes. The CX-5's strong safety scores and performance in crash tests affirm its ability to protect occupants, making it an attractive option for families.

Choosing the Safest Vehicle for Your Family

The safety of your loved ones on the road is paramount. You want to choose a vehicle that will do the best job of protecting all of you from suffering severe injuries. You can make an informed choice that aligns with your family's needs and priorities by evaluating various factors. Here are a few of those factors to keep in mind.

Crash-Test Ratings

Crash-test ratings provided by organizations like the NHTSA and IIHS offer valuable insights into a vehicle's safety performance. These ratings are based on comprehensive assessments of how vehicles perform in various crash scenarios, including frontal and side collisions. Vehicles that receive top ratings in these tests demonstrate their ability to protect occupants during accidents effectively. Prioritize vehicles with high crash-test ratings, as they indicate a strong commitment to safety engineering.

Your Family's Unique Requirements

Consider the size of your family, the number of passengers you typically transport, and the activities you engage in. Vehicles with ample rear-seat space and child safety seat compatibility should be a priority if you frequently transport children. Vehicles with spacious cargo areas or roof racks may be more suitable for families that travel with sports equipment or other cargo.

Test Drives

Reading about a vehicle's safety features and crash-test ratings is essential, but experiencing these features firsthand through test drives can provide invaluable insights. Test drives allow you to feel how safety technologies function in real-world situations, such as a sudden Florida thunderstorm

Pay close attention to how well the vehicle’s cruise control adjusts your speed in traffic. Also, check to see if the vehicle has a lane departure warning. Testing these features can help you assess their usability and effectiveness, enabling you to make a more informed decision.

Contact Osborne & Francis if You’re Involved in a Car Accident in Florida

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