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Old Fri, Jan-30-2015, 01:02:23 PM   #1
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The crash safety of modern cars is pretty astounding. Folks in new cars regularly walk away from crackups that not very long ago would have been fatal. And as safety equipment evolves, we're beginning to see an unprecedented new phenomenon: death-proof cars.

Yes, according to a new report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are nine models in the U.S. market that have never had a driver death recorded. Click the "expand" icon in the top-right corner of this chart for a bigger view:

What do you notice there? The safest cars are all midsize or larger, and with the exception of the "very large" Honda Odyssey minivan, the Audi A4, and the Subaru Legacy, the list is dominated by SUV-type vehicles.

Naturally, a few caveats come into play. First off, the study focuses on the 2011 model year or years where the model in question was not significantly altered from its 2011 design. And the study does not consider passenger death rates—the data pertains to drivers only.

Still, it's an amazing finding. Consider that just eight years ago, there was not a single model with a zero driver death rate. And it's interesting to see what changed in that time.

"One striking thing about the group of zero-death vehicles—aside from the sheer number—is that two-thirds of them are SUVs," the IIHS report states. "A decade ago, SUVs had some of the highest rates, due to their propensity to roll over. However, the spread of electronic stability control through the fleet has dramatically lessened the risk of rollover crashes in these and all vehicles. The rollover death rate of 5 per million registered vehicle years for 2011 models is less than a quarter of what it was for 2004 models. With ESC dramatically reducing rollover risk, the inherent advantages offered by SUVs' greater size, weight and height emerge more clearly. Today's SUVs have the lowest driver death rate of any vehicle type."

The news isn't so good at the other end of the vehicle size spectrum: The 2011 Kia Rio, clocking in at 149 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years, brings up the tail end of the ranking. "Minicars and small cars dominate the worst list. That's not surprising, since these vehicles can't protect as well as larger ones," the report says. "Death rates by vehicle type and size show that the smallest vehicles typically have the highest death rates, and, with some exceptions, death rates tend to go down as size goes up."

So, while you may think of yourself as Ayrton Senna reincarnate, and you may prefer a tiny, lightweight sportscar, the science doesn't lie: If protecting yourself behind the wheel is your utmost concern, get yourself a big-body SUV with electronic stability control.

Of course, most of the cars at the top of the IIHS's list are, shall we say, less than inspiring to drive. What's life without a little danger?
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Surprised to see Oddessy on there.
I wonder which are deadliest percentage wise. GT2?
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Not surprised. Most of these cars are built like tanks, especially the GL
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Driver deaths? How many passenger?
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Still very impressive.

Built like a tank isn't even remotely related to safety in 2015, btw.
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This kind of research will mean something to me when a smaller sized car doesn't have any deaths. Almost all of these are SUV's so no surprise here.
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beyond the vehicle design, I am surprised that driver error didn't attribute to one death in the: A4, Honda, Kia and Toyota's. Lots of them drive like dik's or so indecisive it looks like a rolling accident waiting to happen.

Volvo, Subaru and Lexus RX driver characteristics don't surprise me.

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