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The 25 Deadliest Cars and Trucks on the Road Today

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its list of the 25 most dangerous vehicles on the road today, based on the number of fatal accidents in which its drivers/passengers were involved between 2011 and 2015. Here is that list (also see the link below for important detail as to why each vehicle is on the list):

  1. Hyundai Accent sedan Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ford-290615_1920.jpg
  2. Kia Rio
  3. Scion tC
  4. Chevrolet spark
  5. Nissan Versa
  6. Ford Fiesta Sedan
  7. Kia Soul
  8. Dodge Challenger
  9. Nissan Titan pickup
  10. Nissan Sentra
  11. Ford Focus sedan
  12. Chrysler 200
  13. Hyundai Genesis coupe
  14. Ford Fiesta hatchback
  15. Hyundai Accent hatchback
  16. Mitsubishi Lancer
  17. Volkswagen Golf
  18. Chrysler Impala
  19. Dodge Avenger
  20. Ford Mustang convertible
  21. Nissan Maxima
  22. Ford Mustang coupe
  23. Ram 1500 pickup
  24. Chevrolet Camaro coupe
  25. Subaru Impreza

Some important things to keep in mind about this list:

· Because it is based on accidents occurring in years past (2011 to 2015), and because the safety of these makes and models might have improved since then, this list is not necessarily a reliable guide for determining the safety (or dangerousness) of the vehicles being sold today. The linked article notes, for example, that the current models of the Subaru Impreza (#25) are Top Safety vehicles, due to improved safety systems installed in the last 3 years.

· The list is based only on accident statistics and therefore does not reflect other factors that might play a role in whether a certain vehicle is likely to be involved in a serious accident, such as whether the vehicle is preferred by younger, less experienced, and less conservative drivers. For example, are the Camaro and Mustang on this list because they have been constructed with fewer safety features than perhaps they should have, or because their drivers drive faster and more dangerously than the average driver?

· While some vehicles’ appearance on this list is perhaps not surprising-like the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger, and the very small sub-compacts at the very top of the list-others are not expected (at least not by me). For example, there are two pickup trucks on this list (Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan) which are significantly larger than most vehicles on the road, and therefore their drivers would seem to be protected by that size. Read the explanations for why these trucks are on the list. It is a reminder that size does not guarantee safety.

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