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If you’re in the market for a new car, you know there is a lot of thought that goes into your purchase, but are you looking at what’s important?

Of course we all want to get a good deal when we shop for a new car. They add up to a decent investment and you want your money to be well spent for years to come, so don’t end up with a car that will leave you at risk! Here are the top 3 brands to shop for when it comes to safety according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • 1. Toyota

  • 2. Lexus

  • 3. Nissan


There are two rating categories used by the IIHS when ranking vehicles in terms of safety performance: Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick +
“To qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
To qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.” – IIHS


With 6 models in the top + category and a total of 8 models making the list, Toyota makes safety a priority. By including Enhanced Vehicle Stability (VSC) and Traction Controls (TRAC), 4 wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST) standard across all makes it is easy to see Toyota made the Top Safety Pick + list 6 times. The Camry, Prius, Rav4, and Corolla all made the Top + list with the Yaris iA and Avalon rounding out the first category.


Close behind Toyota, Lexus comes in second for safest brand with an impressive 5 models making the list, 4 of which reached the Top + category. With Roadside Assistance (free for 1 year), Smart Stop Technology (SST), Backup Camera, Panoramic View Monitor, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), and Rigid Body Structure with crumple zones standard on most models, and a variety of all weather stability features optional, Lexus is a good overall safety brand. Models on the + list include the Lexus ES 350, RC, RX, NX and the CT 200h made the first category as well.


Coming in third, with 3 Top + models and 3 Top Safety Picks, Nissan provides several standard safety features, with a variety of optional additions including Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and Forward Emergency Braking. Although those features don’t come standard, Nissan still packs a lot of safety features that are, including Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control Systems, Hood-buckling creases to absorb impact, and zone body construction. Top models include the Nissan Maxima, Altima, and Rouge, and the Sentra, Murano, and Pathfinder falling into the first category.


Although other manufacturers are also working to make their models safer every year, these three brands stand out above all others in keeping you and your loved ones safe. Consider looking into these brands if you are planning to upgrade to a new car this year or looking to add a car for your family. While your choice of vehicle can go a long way in keeping you safe, the right insurance is there to help you in the event of an accident. For a free quote you can visit us here CSC Insurance Options or call to speak with our knowledgeable staff risk free at 724-929-2300. Planning safely today, could make all the difference.