When considering purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, most car buyers look at practical things such as affordability, fuel economy, and how many miles that it has been driven. According to a report by Fox 5, it’s also a good thing to take a look at how safe a vehicle is.
A recent study by automotive research firm iSeeCars indicates that smaller, more economical cars can also be among the deadliest choices if you ever get into an accident. By utilizing data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of fatal crash reports, iSeeCars determined that there were 14 models of cars manufactured between 2013 and 2017 that were at least twice as likely to end in a fatal crash.
At the top of the list of cars was the Mitsubishi Mirage followed by the Chevrolet Corvette, the Honda Fit, the Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Spark. The rankings were calculated as to which vehicle had the highest number of occupant fatalities per billion miles driven.
Sports cars demonstrated the most fatal crashes. Joining the second-ranked Chevrolet Corvette were the Subaru BRZ, the Nissan 370Z, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, and the Hyundai-Veloster Turbo.
While all of the cars mentioned in the report meet all federal safety and crash standards, it appears that larger vehicles end up being safer in terms of crash survivability. SUV’s and light duty pickup trucks have much lower fatality rates than the smaller passenger vehicles according to the NHTSA study.