The Cars With the Best Crash Test Ratings For 2018

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    Cars with great overall crash test ratings and added safety features make a difference in lowering your car insurance premiums. When looking at vehicle crash test ratings, you need to understand what they mean. In addition, when comparing cars, look for added safety features, such as stability and traction control, braking assist, and lane detection technologies.
    Find out more below about crash test ratings, preferred safety features, and other information for 2018-model-year cars.

    NHTSA crash test ratings

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates a vehicle on how it performs on their various crash tests. The tests have a star rating ranging from one to five, with a five-star rating being the best and a one-star rating being the worst. To get a crash test rating for a vehicle, NHTSA performs the following tests:
    • Side barrier crash test: A side barrier crash test represents how a car performs in a side-door collision at an intersection. When testing, evaluators look at injury to the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
    • Frontal crash test: The frontal crash test helps determine how a vehicle fares when in a head-on collision. During a frontal crash test, evaluators look at injury to the head, neck, chest, and legs of drivers and passengers.
    • Side crash test: Also called a side pole crash test, the side crash test determines how well a vehicle does in a side collision with an object, such as a telephone pole. Evaluators look at the severity of injuries to the head, chest, lower spine, abdomen, and pelvis to determine the rating.
    • Rollover crash test: A rollover crash test determines the likelihood of a vehicle rollover in an accident. The testing includes determining the top-heaviness of a vehicle and how likely it might tip during a severe maneuver.
    Each year, the NHTSA releases ratings for cars manufactured during the next model year. The following table lists the crash test ratings from the NHTSA for top 2018 popular makes and models:
    StateDrowsy Driving Laws and Initiatives
    AlabamaNone; observes Drowsy Driver Awareness Day on November 19 each year
    AlaskaNone
    ArizonaNone
    ArkansasClassified as an offense under negligent homicide; class A misdemeanor
    CaliforniaNone; proclaimed Drowsy Driver Awareness Day on April 5, 2005
    ColoradoNone
    ConnecticutNone
    DelawareNone
    D.C.None
    FloridaNone; proclaimed Drowsy Driving Prevention Week for the first week of September
    GeorgiaNone
    HawaiiNone
    IdahoNone
    IllinoisNone
    IndianaNone
    IowaNone
    KansasNone
    KentuckyNone
    LouisianaNone
    MaineNone
    MarylandNone
    MassachusettsNone
    MichiganNone
    MinnesotaNone
    MississippiNone
    MissouriNone
    MontanaNone
    NebraskaNone
    NevadaNone
    New HampshireNone
    New JerseyConsidered reckless driving
    New MexicoNone
    New YorkNone
    North CarolinaNone
    North DakotaNone
    OhioNone
    OklahomaNone
    OregonNone
    PennsylvaniaNone; proclaimed the month of April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month
    Rhode IslandNone
    South CarolinaNone
    South DakotaNone
    TennesseeNone
    TexasNone; proclaims the week of November 6 to 12 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
    UtahNone; installing road signs warning against the dangers of drowsy driving
    VermontNone
    VirginiaNone
    WashingtonNone
    West VirginiaNone
    WisconsinNone
    WyomingNone

    2018 Acura RDX

    Coming in both a front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) version, the 2018 Acura RDX gets an overall crash rating of 5, according to NHTSA. Equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, the RDX gets a combined 22 MPG. The RDX also offers a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), a rear view camera, and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).

    2018 Acura TLX

    The Acura TLX comes in a FWD and an AWD version, both which feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The TLX gets an overall crash test rating of 5 and a combined 24 MPG. Other safety features include VSA, Agile Handling Assist, and CMBS with head-up warning.

    2018 Audi A6

    With a combined 22 MPG, the 2018 Audi S6 has a perfect 5-star crash test rating. Coming with a 4.0-liter V8 engine, the S6 also offers a Quattro AWD, driveline traction control, and parking assist. The S6 also features an anti-lock brake system (ABS) and stability control to improve handling when driving.

    2018 BMW 5 Series

    Featuring a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine, the 2018 BMW 5 Series gets a combined 29 MPG. This sedan also utilizes rear-wheel drive (RWD) to take advantage of its 248 horsepower and 310 pounds of torque. Some of the safety features that gave the 5 Series a 5-star overall crash test rating include Lane Departure Warning, a rollover protection system, and electronic stability control.

    2018 Chevrolet Impala

    The 2018 Chevy Impala features a 3.6-liter dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine that gives the car 305 horsepower. Garnering a 5-star overall crash test rating, the Impala also features StabiliTrak electronic, electronic traction control, stability control, and a combined 26 MPG.

    2018 Genesis G80

    The 3.3-liter turbocharged engine of the 2018 Genesis G80 offers an MPG of 19 in the city and 27 on the highway. With a 5-star overall crash test rating, the G80 carries such safety features as a brake assist system with Electronic Brake Distribution, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and Blind Spot Detection.

    2018 Mazda 3

    The FWD 2018 Mazda 3 gets a combined 31 MPG and has a 5-star overall crash test rating. Some of the safety features that helped it gain such a high rating include ABS with brake assist, traction control, and stability control technologies.
    When buying a car, make sure to check out the crash test safety ratings found on the NHTS Website. In addition to providing a safer driving experience, certain safety features can actually reduce your car insurance premiums.

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