These are the 10 safest cars of 2021

The automotive market is filled with new models every year, which could attract your attention because of their appearance, transmission, fuel economy, or price; however, one of the most important aspects, when you are behind the wheel, is the security that your vehicle provides.

For this reason, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS ) conducts an annual evaluation of the safest cars, considering the protection of passengers in the event of collisions, the strength of their structures, as well as crash prevention systems.

10. Toyota Corolla

The 2021 Toyota Corolla achieved an impeccable level of protection for its passengers in the event of frontal and side crashes. In this way, it prevented severe injuries to the head, neck, torso, hip, legs, and feet during these types of incidents.

It also scored highly on child seat anchorages, secure head restraints, rollover roof resistance, and collision avoidance at both 20 and 40 kilometers per hour (km / h).

Rather, it hit a pedestrian dummy while moving 60 km / h, reducing the speed of the blow to 41 km / h thanks to the crash warning issued 1.8 seconds earlier. Its headlights showed regular cornering performance.

9. Nissan Sentra

Overall, the 2021 Nissan Sentra achieved positive evaluations in front and side crash tests; It only presented details on the impact protection structure on the passenger side and minor bruises on the dummy sitting in the driver’s place during the frontal impact test. Still, it met the safety standards required by the IIHS.

This model prevented collisions while traveling at 20 and 40 kilometers per hour, but could not avoid it at 60 km / h. Although a crash alert was issued 1.9 seconds earlier, the driver only had time to slow down to 58 km / h.

The Nissan Sentra obtained scores lower in terms of the functioning of their headlights in the corners but noted for its excellent child restraint system.

8. Kia Soul

This was one of the few family vehicles to make the 2021 safest list. Its structure prevented contusions to the head, neck, chest, hips, legs, and feet of the test dummies during the frontal and side collision tests.

The 2021 Kia Soul did not crash while traveling at 20 and 40 kilometers per hour; however, it did hit a pedestrian doll at 60 km / h. In this case, an alarm was issued 1.8 seconds before the collision and the speed of the hit was reduced to 55 km / h.

The cornering headlight performance was not the best, but the child restraint anchors were “fair.”

7. Kia Forte

The 2021 Kia Forte performed well in the front and side crash tests, such that there were no severe injuries to the head, neck, torso, hips, legs, and feet of the test dummies. However, there were problems with the front airbag, as the mannequin was left vulnerable to blows to the head.

Similarly, this car avoided collisions when it was traveling at 20 and 40 km / h. At 60 kilometers per hour, the impact alert sounded, and 1.8 seconds later it collided with a pedestrian doll at a reduced speed of 45 km / h.

Regarding its high and low beams, none adapted correctly to the curves. Furthermore, the anchor points for the child seats were of “fair” but not outstanding quality.

6. Hyundai Veloster

This two-door hatchback demonstrated impeccable performance in frontal and side collisions, avoiding serious trauma to the head, neck, chest, hip, legs, and feet in all tests.

Despite preventing collisions at 20 and 40 kilometers per hour, the Hyundai Veloster was unable to stop in time when traveling at a speed of 60 km / h in the car-to-pedestrian crash test. The warning was issued 1.8 seconds before impact but it was not enough and it only slowed down to 45 km / h.

Nor it had good evaluations in the operation of the headlights when driving in curves and got a rating “acceptable” in the anchor child restraint seats.

5. Hyundai Elantra

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra’s safety cage kept the test dummies safe, preventing severe injuries to the head, neck, chest, hip, and pelvis; however, they did have minor bruises on their legs and torso.

On the other hand, this vehicle prevented collisions at 20, 40, and 60 km / h, issuing an alert just 1.5 seconds before the expected crash. The geometry of its headrests and the strength of the roof also got good marks.

As for its drawbacks, the Hyundai Elantra’s lights do not adapt properly when cornering and its child seat anchors were only listed as “fair.”

4. Honda Civic

The 2021 Honda Civic ensured the safety of its passengers in frontal and side crash tests. Due to the strength of their chassis, the dolls only suffered minor trauma to the head, neck, pelvis, and legs.

On the prevention of collisions, the mechanisms of the Honda Civic prevented crashes at 20, 40, and 60 kilometers per hour, issuing an alert 2.3 seconds before the calculated impact.

Like the Hyundai Elantra, the Honda Civic received poor evaluations for the performance of its headlights and only “fair” for the anchorage of child restraints.

3. Mazda 3

The cars in the top three positions were awarded Top Safety Pick +, the IIHS’s highest recognition for safety. Regarding the Mazda 3, the organization determined that it offers good protection in frontal and side collisions since the test dummies did not present serious injuries.

Similarly, the chassis withstood crushing and overturning. As for the crash prevention system, this car avoided impacts at 20, 40, and 60 km / h, issuing an alert 1.8 seconds before the expected collision.

Although the Mazda 3 scored well in most safety aspects, there were two tests in which it showed only “fair” performance: the test dummy sitting in the driver’s place was slightly damaged in the torso during the crash test. Side collision and vehicle headlights did not illuminate with an adequate range in left turns.

2. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

This family vehicle received excellent evaluations from the IIHS. The safety cage on this model prevented severe damage in frontal and side impacts. Thanks to this structure, the test dummies did not show trauma to the head, neck, chest, hip, legs, and feet.

This hybrid prevented car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian impacts while traveling at 20, 40, and 60 kilometers per hour. In addition, it issued a warning 2.9 seconds before the alleged collision happened.

The geometry of its head restraints, the operation of its headlights, and the anchorage of its child seats also met safety standards. For this reason, they classified it as a Top Safety Pick +.

1. Honda Insight

Among C-segment cars, the Honda Insight received top marks in frontal and side crash tests, preventing serious injuries to the head, neck, chest, hip, legs, and feet.

In addition, the structure of this four-door sedan demonstrated great resistance in the event of crushing or overturning, keeping passengers safe inside the cabin.

However, its collision warning mechanism was what earned it the Top Safety Pick + rank. The 2021 Honda Insight avoided crashes when it was going at speeds of 20 and 40 kilometers per hour.

At 60 km / h, it issued an alert two seconds before the alleged impact and caused a reduction in speed (-10 km / h) by the driver. In this way, its security systems are considered superior to those of the rest of the vehicles tested.

As if that were not enough, it has extra anchors for child seats and automatic high-beam assistance.

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