Driving can be a fun, leisure activity to do, it is an easier and faster way to get around, but it is also dangerous. The WHO records that over 1.3 million people lose their lives every year as a result of road accidents.
In 2018, Transport Canada’s National Collision Database (NCDB) reported a 3.6% increase in vehicle fatalities from 2017, totaling 1,922 fatalities. This is not to scare you or anything but to help you see why, more than ever, cars with impressive safety features are the way to go.
This set of vehicles have significantly more advanced safety and support features which mostly come as standard equipment. These cars have also been vetted and okayed by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). So, when you decide to get a car that places a premium on safety, any of the following will make a great choice.
2020 Toyota Corolla
Toyota is known to make cars that are both safe and reliable, not leaving out the aesthetic feel that make Toyota cars an easy choice.
The redesigned 2020 model has several safety features which include brake assist, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, road edge detection, and forward-collision warning.
Unsurprisingly, the Corolla got a superior rating from IIHS for front crash prevention – vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian. This means that drivers have very little chance of frontal collisions on the road.
If you have a baby or are expecting one, you might want to go for the L trim because it features child seat attachment hardware and the IIHS rates its ease of use very well.
2020 Nissan Maxima
This 3.5 litre v6 powered, midsize Nissan sedan earned itself a top safety pick+ by the IIHS, notably for passing the safety tests with flying colors. Its crashworthiness (the degree to which a car protects passengers in the event of an accident) rating is superb.
As regards crash avoidance, the Nissan Maxima also performed better than most other competing cars. Some of the stand-out advanced safety systems include lane departure warning, driver attention monitoring, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera.
2020 Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 is a compact car that is available in 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback. It offers a compelling choice thanks to its ample safety and performance add-ons.
It features smart brake support, G-Vectoring Control, high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, heated steering wheel, and rear cross-traffic alert.
In recognition of its brilliant safety and performance features, the Mazda 3 was named the 2020 Canadian Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
2020 Honda Accord
Choose the Honda Accord vehicle and you will be accorded the very impressive Honda Sensing advanced driver-assistance systems.
Just like other cars on this list, Honda sensing safety systems promote car/driver safety in motion or during parking.
The Accord safety feature includes a rearview camera, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, among others. It has a spacious interior, which means comfortability for both driver and passengers.
2020 Subaru Legacy
The all-wheel-drive feature of the Subaru gives it an edge over competitors as it accounts for improved traction, handling, braking, weight distribution, which all make for a safer driving experience.
Apart from other outstanding safety features of the Legacy sedan, the driver drowsiness detector is a laudable addition.
This dedicated camera can pick up on dizziness or distraction and display a warning on the dashboard for the driver or passengers to see.
2020 Honda Insight
With the highest rating ‘Good’ for passing all 6 of the IIHS crash test, the Honda Insight hybrid makes an insightful choice for an ideal safety car.
This, plus, it got a superior rating for crash prevention that earned it a Top Safety Pick+ spot. if you decide to buy this car, you’d be getting all safety systems at no extra cost as they come standard.
It features an ignition disabling device (to prevent carjacking), pretensioners to keep passengers safely secured during a collision, ABS, stability control, as well as other standard safety components.
2020 Kia Optima
According to Kia, the Optima is “built to keep you safe” and “is proof that a sedan doesn’t have to sacrifice safety or comfort to have outstanding looks.”
If you won’t take their word for it, then consider the IIHS excellent safety rating for the car as well as other automobile company reviews. It has a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, emergency braking, and more.
The Kia Surround 360-degree camera system is incredibly helpful for drivers to better appreciate their surroundings.
2020 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is packed with standard features, has good fuel economy and provides superior driving experience for anyone behind the wheel.
It has a high-quality rating for crash prevention and crash tests by the IIHS and this makes it a sensible choice for anyone who needs a safe car. You get the Toyota Safety Sense-P suite as a standard feature on every trim.
This Safety Sense features blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, to name a few.
2020 Mazda 6
Looking for a luxury car with excellent safety features? The Mazda 6 is a suitable option. This midsize beauty has a nicely finished interior and boasts topnotch technology.
Tests at the IIHS came out positive all-round with a Top Safety Pick+ rating. It has most of the standard safety features of other cars on this list but includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and a head-up display.
2020 Subaru Impreza
For a car that offers standard all-wheel-drive along with other useful safety features, its MSRP of CA $25,039 is very affordable.
It has a blend of all safety features you would expect in an IIHS top safety pick vehicle, which includes adaptive cruise control, tech that notifies you when the vehicle just ahead of you starts moving, lane departure warning.
Impreza models that come with an automatic transmission also feature the Eyesight suite of safety features in addition to these.
Driving in any of these vehicles gives the highest assurance of safety anyone can ask for. So when it’s time to choose a car, one of these should come in handy.
Keep in mind that most of these safety features and ratings also apply to the previous models – 2019, 2018… so you don’t necessarily have to opt for the latest model.