Top 5 Safest Cars for 2013
Road traffic accidents are now the main reason for people making person injury claims in the UK – making car safety a concern for every driver.
Keeping your motoring insurance premiums low depends on your safety record as a car driver – and the last thing you want is to face a claim from a passenger or pedestrian for personal injury.
Car manufacturers are more mindful of safety elements in their designs, so here are five of the safest cars around for 2013.
Chrysler 200 4-door
Chrysler’s 200 sedan has been going strong since 2011and is a compact version of the Chrysler 300 sedan. The 2011 Chrysler 200 was available as a convertible and the 2013 Chrysler 200 S package is available for both Touring and Limited models. The limited version is fitted with a touchscreen stereo and Boston speakers – noise reduction is thanks to acoustic glass on the windscreen. The 2011 Chrysler 200 offered safety features like a raised roll centre and stiffened body mounts – a V6 engine is now in place, plus 18in aluminium wheels and optional fog lights on the Limited trim.
Ford Fusion 4-door sedan for 2013 has passed safety reviews with flying colours and is named as one of the safest cars for 2013 by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The 2013 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan is fitted with front and rear head bags – and all-round protection from airbags is becoming essential as head/brain injuries are some of the most common and life threatening or changing injuries in road traffic accidents (RTAs). Ford Fusion 2013 also boasts dual front and side airbags for added passenger safety – plus child seat anchors and a remote car theft alarm to make car security completely integrated into your digital world. The level of safety features installed in the 2013 Ford Fusion previously was only seen in luxury cars, making the Ford Fusion a wise buy for 2013 if you want a comfortable and safe drive.
Honda Accord has long been a favourite with motorists and the 2013 Honda Accord sedan features ACE II (Advanced Compatibility Engineering™) bodywork, using the highest grade steel to give extra rigidity to the car. The Honda Accord also has a stability control feature and dual-stage multiple threshold front airbags, as well as SmartVent™ front side airbags to help prevent injury to the driver or passenger’s upper torso. There are also rear anchors and tethers for use with child seats. The Honda Accord also has a front-warning collision system mounted on the front windshield – and a lane departure warning system to prevent drifting in fog and poor visibility conditions. The 2013 Honda Accord also has a tyre pressure warning system on board – and an anti-lock braking system. Read more about Honda’s safety technology for the Honda Accord at the Honda website.
The Kia website promises that the Optima’s new safety features will “keep your family safe”, so should definitely be on your list if you are looking for a new family car in 2013. The Kia Optima comes in three trims – LX, EX and SX and offers front, rear and side impact collision passenger safety protection. Safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side airbags and side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, anti-theft safety device – and all as standard. The Kia Optima also achieved top scores in crash tests – and is a goodlooking four-door family car for your money, with an optional navigation system.
The 2013 Nissan Altima really goes to town on safety – and Nissan’s Safety Shield offers 50 safety features to keep you and your family secure. The 2013 Nissan Altima has been given a 5-star safety rating by NHTSA. The Nissan Altima‘s intelligent technology includes lane departure warning, blind spot warning and moving object detection system when you are reversing – all available in the Technology Package which features a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system. The rear-view camera is standard, however, and has an extra wide angle screen. The Nissan Altima has the look of a sportier model but is fitted with traction control and Stabilitrak, to help you negotiate the toughest winter weather in style and safety, plus an energy absorbing steering column. There are more airbags on board than in other sedans, plus all the usual comms features like Bluetooth, BOSE speakers and voice recognition to make your driving fully integrated into your lifestyle.
Volvo S60 T5
Volvo has always been a market leader for safety and all-weather driving technology and the 2013 Volvo S60 has won praise for its robust-beyond-the- call-of-duty tyres. The Volvo S60 comes in three models – T5, T6 and T7 – and the 4-door all-wheel S60 T5 is an luxury sedan for drivers wanting a bit more style than a family four-door. The T5 has advanced safety features like front and side curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, with an anti-skid system as standard, whereas in the T6 and T7 this is an option. Traction control is fitted to all Volvo S60s, however. NHTSA awarded a 4-star rating for driver and front passenger safety to the Volvo S60 – but a 5-star rating for side impact safety for driver and front and rear passengers.
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