10 Safest Cars of the Decade
Cars are made for quick transport from one place to another,but car manufacturers and consumers also need to take into consideration the safety factor that can save their lives when they meet an accident.Hence, all cars that are manufactured have to go through certain strict checking and regulations to ensure that the drivers are not injured when they crash into something.Not all cars can get top ratings for their safety features but if you are looking for some of the safest cars of the decade here is a quick look at the list only for you.
1. Honda Odyssey 2001
This minivan might not be the best looking car in the world but it is certainly among the safest cars on the road.Originally manufactured in the year 1994 this minivan has received a lot of appreciation for the safety features that it comes with.Honda Odyssey was very well received in the North American market.The car comes with 3.5 liter 24 valve V6 engine that can produce 210 horsepower.It has a four speed automatic transmission.The car had many other safety features that won the car the 5 star ratings from IIHS and NHTSA.
2. Acura MDX
In the year 2001,Acura MDX became the 2001 North American Truck of the Year but the same car was further refined in the year 2002 and Acura MDX bagged all the stars when it came to safety features.The new 2002 Acura MDX has new side mirrors for noise reduction, a sound absorbing roof liner,thicker windshield glass and a layer of thinsulate insulation from inside to keep the driver and passengers safe.The Acura MDX also has LATCH which is a child seat securing system for the second row of seats.
3. Lincoln Town Car 2003
Town Car is certainly the most appealing car from Lincoln and it not only had good looks but also had tons of safety features which make this luxury sedan one of the safest cars of the decade.When it was released in 2003 it was one of the highest rated cars in the market.It still holds a lot of market value as there are many companies that still use this car.The Lincoln Town Car took away some of the highest safety ratings in the year 2003 keeping other car manufacturers aside.
4. Volvo S80
In the year 2004,Volvo decided that they will make more than 700 changes to their S80 model.Most of the parts that they changed were hidden and therefore nobody could spot the difference.However,in the year 2004 Volvo S80 surely took away some of the best ratings from IIHS and NHTSA.The car had superior styling and interior along with Four-C suspension to avoid bumpy rides.Volvo has incorporated many safety features like inflatable side curtain airbags,anti-whiplash seats,and Stability and Traction Control.
5. Saab 9-3
In the same year 2004,Saab also came up with Saab 9-3 which gained a lot of popularity based on the safety features that were incorporated in the car.The car also won the Best Pick rating from IIHS and became the compact executive car of the year.The car was also listed on the recommended buy section of US Consumer Reports magazine that year and was awarded five star ratings in EuroNCAP collision test.
6. Toyota Avalon
Toyota Avalon made a lot of buzz at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.The new Avalon was larger than the earlier model and Toyota had added lot of new safety features to make this car one of the safest cars on the road.Toyota had incorporated air ventilated seats to the car.It also had the Smart Key System where car did not require a key to turn on the engine.It had an acoustic windshield, rain sensing windshield wipers and Vehicle Stability Control feature.
7. Saturn Aura
Saturn is one of the most respectable automobile manufacturers in the United States and in the year 2007 they came up with Saturn Aura which is a mid-size sedan.Saturn Aura had all the looks to capture the attention of the people but better than the outer appearance it had better safety features inside it that won the hearts of many Americans.Saturn Aura 2007 has anti lock four wheel disc brakes and traction control.The XR model comes with electronic stability control,front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters,dual front air bags,front seat mounted side impact air bags and front and rear seat curtain air bags for head protection.
8. Acura RL
If you are looking for a car that makes you look like rich and famous celebrity but also keeps you safe inside then Acura RL is the best choice.It is a 5 passenger AWD sedan that has topped the entire list in 2006.It was also among the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.Acura RL has also scored a perfect 5 star rating in NHTSA rating.It has 4 wheels anti lock brakes, front, head and side airbags, Electronic Stability Control and traction control.
9. Hyundai Genesis
The 2009 Hyundai Genesis is certainly one of the best looking and safest cars in the current time.It does have a luxury appeal to it but it also carries a 5 star rating from IIHS and NHTSA for good performance,electronic stability control and front and side crash and rollover testing.
10. Audi A4
The fourth generation of Audi A4 is also among the safest cars of the decade.Audi has given this car a great shape and outer appearance but they have also paid attention to the safety features which is why Audi A4 is the favorite car for those who want luxury combined with safety.The US Consumer Reports has listed Audi A4 as the top safety choice in midsize cars and has also received top safety ratings from IIHS and NHTSA in all their crash testings.