The Nine Safest Vehicles on the Road: IIHS

The Nine Safest Vehicles on the Road: IIHS

Zero drivers died in a Honda Odyssey between 2009 and 2012. Surprised? Well there are nine other cars that also have no registered driver deaths in the same time period. 

This info comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which has released a list of vehicular driver deaths ranked by make and model. In total, there are nine different vehicles that have driver death rates of zero. The study does not include passenger deaths.

In no particular order, these nine vehicles are: Honda Odyssey, Audi A4 AWD, Kia Sorento two-wheel drive, Lexus RX 350 AWD, Mercedes GL-Class AWD, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Toyota Sequoia AWD and the Volvo XC90 AWD.

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The numbers mostly reflect vehicles from the 2011 model year but some vehicles that were’t substantially redesigned before 2011 date back to 2008. Eight years ago, when the IIHS released its last study on driver deaths by make and model, there were no cars with driver death rates of zero.

This improvement can be chalked up to, in part, new electronic stability control systems in SUVs, as these large vehicles had some of the highest death rates just a decade ago due to their propensity to roll over.  Today, SUVs are among the safest vehicles on the road due to their large size, heavy weight and advanced safety systems.