A study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the Audi A4 quattro among the safest car to own. The study examined the death rates for cars from 2011 model year and they reached the conclusion that nowadays cars are considerably safer thanks to new protection systems.
Aside from the Audi A4 quattro, the other cars which had a zero death rate are: Volvo XC90 4WD, Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD, Toyota Sequoia 4WD, Subaru Legacy 4WD, Mercedes-Benz GL 4WD, Kia Sorento 2WD, Lexus RX 350 4WD and the Honda Odyssey.
At the other end of the spectrum, the cars with the highest rate of death were the 2011 Kia Rio with 149 expected fatalities / million registrations, followed by the Nissan Versa Sedan with 130 fatalities and the Hyundai Accent with 120 fatalities.
It is important to mention that the last time IIHS did a similar study was eight years ago and at that point there weren’t any cars with a zero death rating. Back in 2012, 33,561 Americans died in car crashes while in 2013 the number of fatalities decreased to 32,719.
Based on the results revealed by this recent study, it seems four-wheel drive really makes a difference as 13 of the 19 safest cars had a 4WD system and only one of the 19 most dangerous models had it, the 2011MY Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew.