These are the safest cars of the world, according to Euro NCAP and IIHS

The world is filled up with car models. There is a variety that can suit every taste, budget and purposes, but there is one thing that no one should forget: safety. Cars that can protect you in an accident should always have your attention before any other model. No matter how beautiful or how fast it is. First of all, because it will be you and your family behind all that steel and shattered glass in case something goes wrong. Second, because car crashes kill 1.25 million people each year, according to WHO (World Health Organisation), and it has been so for many years. Few wars have claimed more lives in the same period of time. The American Civil War has killed around 800,000 from 1861 to 1865, or 200,000 each year. With that in mind, MotorChase has taken the safest cars according to the two main institutes of safety research centers in the world: IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and Euro NCAP, responsible for the most important car markets in the world.

We have selected all the models from the Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS and the Best in Class from Euro NCAP, but not only that. We have also organised the cars by the way they have scored and placed the best ones among the best. In order to make it simpler for you to check them, MotorChase has created the video below. It goes from the best that performed better to the ones that were not that good. First in IIHS and then in Euro NCAP.

The only car to appear in both lists is the new Volvo XC90. It is the safest one overall for sale in Europe and the third safest one in the USA. It loses to the Lexus RX and the VW Passat due to child seat anchors (Isofix or Latch) that are more difficult to deal with, but it is definitely a car to crave for if you can afford it.


While there are no other coincidences, due to test differences more than to models that would be specific of each market, there are good indications of purchase in this list for the entire world. The budget options are the Honda Fit/Jazz and the Scion iA, also named Toyota Yaris in Mexico and Canada, which is nothing more than a Mazda2 in other markets. The 10th generation Honda Civic has fared very well and is also not a very expensive option in Europe or in the USA. The Lexus RX is the safest one in the USA under all aspects. In order to make a long story short, this is a list most people willing to buy a new car should pay attention to.


Another good buying tip is to pay attention to the brands that have performed better. Volvo is already associated with safety and it is not an unfair fame: of the 6 Volvo models currently for sale in the USA, 5 are Top Safety Picks+, or 83% of the cars the Swedish brand has to offer. Another company that you should have in mind if you are also concerned about protection is Subaru.  It sells 8 models in the USA nowadays and 75% of them, or 6 models, are among the safest cars in the American market. Brands with such a record deserve you thoughtful consideration.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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