Despite smaller, lighter cars being safer than they used to be, bigger and heavier vehicles still offer more protection in crashes.
The advice comes from Russ Rader, spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) which recently stressed that the weight of a vehicle matters when it comes to protecting its occupants in an accident.
By analyzing insurance rates for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Medical Payments (MedPay), Insure.com conducted a study to determine the vehicles that offer the most protection from injuries in a crash, and the vehicles with the worst. Over 750 vehicle’s insurance rates were included in the study and the vehicles were ranked based on its lowest and highest costs for PIP and MedPay coverage.
As expected, SUVs and trucks took the top honors as safest vehicles with the GMC Sierra 1500 taking top honors. Making up the rest of the top five are the Porsche Cayenne, GMC Yukon, GMC Sierra 2500 SLE, and the GMC Terrain SLE1. As for the worst? Well, that honor belongs to the subcompact Fiat 500 despite its near-perfect crash test scores. Rounding off that list of top five are the Kia Rio 5, Toyota Corolla L, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, and the Mercedes-Benz CL600.