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The 13 Safest Cars for Your Money

December 27, 2012

Even before price, one of the more important decision factors when it comes to buying a vehicle is just how safe it is.

Forbes has recently listed what they consider the top 13 safest cars for your hard earned cash, using the moderately-priced and entry-level luxury vehicles that were "Top Safety Pick+" award winners by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The list includes the Acura TL, which earned top marks in all five crash tests condused by the IIHS, the Dodge Avenger, and both the Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe.

As always, I recommend you start with the CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deal on any of these vehicles.

13 Safest Cars for Your Money

VehicleWhy
Acura TLTop marks in all 5 IIHS crash tests for 2013
Chrysler 200“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Dodge Avenger“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Ford Fusion“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Honda Accord SedanTop marks in all 5 IIHS crash tests for 2013
Honda Accord CoupeTop marks in all 5 IIHS crash tests for 2013
Kia Optima“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Nissan Altima Sedan“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Subaru Legacy“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Subaru Outback“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Suzuki Kizashi“Good” score in moderate- and small-overlap frontal, side, and rear crash tests; “Acceptable” for roof-crush protection.
Volkswagen Passat“Good” score in moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-crush crash tests; “Acceptable” in new small-overlap frontal crash test.
Volvo S60Top marks in all 5 IIHS crash tests for 2013

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


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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