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These 10 Used Cars Are The Best At Protecting Your Family

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There are many cars that are built to the best standards when it comes to the safety of their occupants. But there are manufacturers who are pushing the boundaries to better protect the driver and those who simply ride along for the ride. The second-hand cars on this list are those whose manufacturer has put its money where its mouth is and has thought about the safety of everyone inside.

There may be a few repeat manufacturers on this list, and there may be a method to their madness. This list includes some standards such as consistency, build quality, technology and other examples that would make a car safe. New cars less than 5 years old do not count. last, the IIHS has a “Top Safety Pick” list that comes out for vehicles every year, and it’s now updated for the 2022 model year winners.

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10 Subaru Legacy

If you look at a build plate or window decal in a recent Subaru, let alone the Legacy, you’ll see that the manufacturer is happy to post a photo of the depicted car that has the decal on it. This states where all safety points are located and what these safety points do in the event of an accident or rollover.

It seems that Subaru is proud of its development in the field of safety. If not, most of their commercials in recent years have featured horrific wreckage or other safety proof images and facts. The IIHS gave the Legacy a spot in the “Top Safety Pick” for 2022. The Legacy has been on this list for the past 5 years, if not more.

9 Subaru Outback

Speaking of advertising. The one Subaru advertising the one that really catches our eye is the one with the completely wrecked Outback making its way to the junkyard on the back of a tow truck with everyone passing by with a shocked/horrified expression with someone saying, “They’ve lived.” It really shows how much Subaru cares about the safety of the family purchasing their product.

On top of that, IIHS named the Outback a “Top Safety Pick” in its category. As in recent years, there is no denying that Subaru has raised the bar when it comes to safety. It has been a “Top Safety Pick” of the IIHS for at least 5 years.

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8 Honda agreement

No one can argue that Hondas aren’t safe. The deal has been made IIHS List “Top Safety Pick” for at least 5 years, including this year. Just over 5 years for something consistent means the manufacturer cares deeply about the safety of the owner and occupants.

We also recently had the chance to watch a Honda video showing the safety of the Accord, but in the form of technology. The commercial everyone has seen with testimonials from loved ones/colleagues of a man about who he is. The screen cuts between the subject and the one speaking about the man. Then it comes to a car that stops before almost hitting it. That commercial break comes to mind when we think of Honda and safety.

7 Volvo S60

Most people will associate safety with Volvo when it comes down to it. For those on the older end of the spectrum, remember that Volvo was the first manufacturer to produce the very first 3-point seat belt† It was a big step in the history of car safety. Now the S60 has made it to the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” list for over 5 years.

People know that Volvo vehicles, such as the S60, are designed to protect the occupants with not only airbags and technology, but also with a protective structure that absorbs the crash and deforms in certain areas to protect the areas where it counts. Don’t forget the chairs either. Seats are very important in a collision with a Volvo.

6 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

One of the standards for making this list is consistency. The Mazda3 Hatchback makes this thanks to making on the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” list at least 5 years in a row. It scores excellent points in categories such as ‘Crashworthiness’, ‘Crash avoidance and mitigation’, ‘Overall evaluation’ on all sides of the vehicle, as well as rollover for ‘Roof strength’. While not many cars roll over, that doesn’t mean nothing can fall on the Mazda3.

Most people who don’t look at cars like the Mazda3 to be safe are usually due to a lack of information or knowledge about the car. They often go to vehicles built by Subaru or Volvo because they are the pinnacle of safety. But Mazda was a surprise to many.

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5 Honda Odyssey

A minivan made this list for two reasons. The first is that there is a market for people who want a van rather than something else for the family. The second reason is that it is one of the few minivans to be on the “Top Safety Pick” list for the last few years. IIHS for more than 5 years.

It scores either pass or higher marks in the listed categories. Not only that, but since the Odyssey has been consistent, it shows that Honda knows where safety really matters and has done what it takes to keep the people in the van safe.

4 Volvo XC90

For those willing to spend a little more to have a little more “luxury”, Volvo’s best SUV, the XC90, has been praised by some of the leading automotive journalists, including Jeremy Clarkson† It’s no wonder why it made this list. The XC90 still follows the same simple formula that Volvo has used since it came up with the three-point seat belt. It branches out and makes sure everything is safe (even in a rollover like typical SUVs used to do) for everyone.

Understand this; the XC90 is on the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” list for over 10 years in a row. That’s quite an achievement for a single-family car, but it should come as no surprise that the XC90 is produced by Volvo.

3 BMW 3 Series

Believe it or not, the 3 Series BMW has always been a safe choice when it comes to standards. It was one of the few luxury sedans that IIHS “Top Safety Pick” list for over 10 years. That is German engineering at its best.

Other than having some headlight issues to fix due to ranking a “P” (2022 model year) on “some models” in the “accident avoidance” category, everything else just adds up perfectly. It can be repaired so easily that it doesn’t make much effort or difference.

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2 Hyundai Tucson

An affordable SUV with some of the best warranties on the market, the Hyundai Tucson makes the list because it’s on the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” list for over 5 years. This is good for most people to know because instead of buying a new one and damaging their wallets, they still have up to 5 years of warranty (depending on the vehicle’s mileage). That means they can still get one of the most recent and safest vehicles on the road for a better price than something new.

In recent years, Hyundai has risen in many categories and has changed the minds of many people. From a boring and unreliable manufacturer that only people who didn’t find joy in life would buy to something exotic and exciting to look at, Hyundai has come full circle and abandoned its old self in the past. Now that a car is on this list as safe for the family, Hyundai can be quite proud.


1 Hyundai Elantra

The affordable sedan made by the folks who bring you the Tucson, the Elantra is the small family car that has been on the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” list for over 5 years in a row. And again, one of the best warranties on the market previously listed in the Tucson slot, not much hard to say about the Elantra. Most of the cars seen on the road in the suburbs and urban areas are the Elantra as it is easily affordable.

Most people would assume that affordability and safety don’t go together at all, but Hyundai has turned itself around. For the 2022 model year, Elantra scored “good” marks in most categories. Very few “acceptable” grades were given, as well as almost no “bad” grades in some categories. Some “superior” grades were given in other categories where it counts, especially when it comes to technology.



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