The Safest Cars You Can Buy in 2016

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Is safety a priority for you when the time comes to purchase a new car?

With hundreds of cars available, narrowing down your choice could come down to which car looks the best, fits your budget and offers the performance you want. From there, you will want to focus on safety, which means getting a car that excels at crash tests. has compiled a list of all the vehicles that have earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as well as a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All vehicles on this list satisfy both requirements and are the safest cars you can purchase in 2016.

It’s worth noting that not all 2016 model year vehicles have been tested by both IIHS and NHTSA, so we will be keeping this list updated as often as possible with new additions as more vehicles get tested.

There’s also a different list for SUVs and crossovers here and a separate list for luxury cars here.

2016 Chrysler 200

Learn more: 2015 Chrysler 200S Review

2016 Honda Accord (Coupe and Sedan)

Learn more: 2016 Honda Accord Review

2016 Hyundai Sonata

Learn more: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Review – Video

2016 Kia Optima

Learn more: 2016 Kia Optima EX Review

2016 Mazda3

Learn more: 2016 Mazda3 Pricing Starting from $18,665

2016 Mazda6

Learn more: 2016 Mazda6, CX-5 Pricing Announced

2016 Nissan Maxima

Learn more: 2016 Nissan Maxima Review

2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Learn more: 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Review

2016 Subaru Impreza

Learn more: 2015 Subaru Impreza Review

2016 Subaru Legacy

Learn more: 2016 Subaru Legacy, Outback Pricing Announced

2016 Subaru Outback

Learn more: 2015 Subaru Outback Review

2016 Toyota Camry

Learn more: Toyota Camry is America’s Best-Selling Car for 14th Consecutive Year

2016 Toyota Prius

Learn more: 2016 Toyota Prius Review

2016 Volkswagen Golf

Learn more: 2015 Volkswagen Golf Review

2016 Volkswagen GTI

Learn more: 2015 Volkswagen GTI Review

2016 Volkswagen Jetta

Learn more: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Review

2016 Volkswagen Passat

Learn more: 2016 Volkswagen Passat Review

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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