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Top 9 Safest and Most Deadliest Cars

June 16, 2011

If car safety is high on your list, you need to check out this new list of the deadliest cars for the 2005-08 model years, as determined by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Not surprisingly, small econo-boxes and high-performance sports cars have the highest death rates in accidents.

Conversely, large SUVs are among the safest cars on the road, boasting some of the lowest death rates—largely due to their electronic stability control and heavier weights.

IIHS found that the overall average death rate per million vehicles was 48 deaths in the most recent study.

The previous overall death rate: 79 for vehicles from the 2001-04 model years.

For the 1999-2002 model-year vehicles, the death rate was 87.

Safest Cars (Driver deaths per million vehicles)

  1. Audi A6 four-door 4WD (0 )
  2. Mercedes E-Class four-door 4WD (0)
  3. Toyota Sienna (0)
  4. Ford Edge 4WD (0)
  5. Nissan Armada 4WD (0)
  6. Land Rover Range Rover Sport (0)
  7. Land Rover LR3 (0)
  8. Honda CR-V 4WD (7)
  9. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD (11)

Most Deadly Cars (Driver deaths per million vehicles)

  1. Nissan 350Z (143)
  2. Nissan Titan crew cab 2WD (126)
  3. Chevrolet Aveo (119)
  4. Chevrolet Cobalt (117)
  5. Nissan Titan extended cab 2WD (111)
  6. Kia Spectra5 (102)
  7. Chevrolet Malibu Classic (99)
  8. Hyundai Tiburon (96)
  9. Nissan Versa (96)

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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