It's no secret a larger, heavier vehicle will provide you and your occupants much better protection than a lighter, smaller one. Even the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) confirms this statement. The problem is the smaller lighter vehicles are more desirable because they're much more fuel efficient and easily maneuverable around city streets.
If safety is your number one concern you should go out and buy the biggest, heaviest new or used car you can afford. This may not guarantee you'll be 100 percent safe, but it will provide you with the maximum benefit of protection.
However, many new car shoppers, even though concerned about their personal safety, aren't comfortable driving big heavy gas guzzlers or able to afford the gas to put in them. If you're not comfortable commuting in a tank, take a look at our list below of the top 10 safest small new cars you can buy in 2016.
The cheapest new car on the list is the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic. With an entry level price of $16,470, it's still one of the safest small cars on the road. The Sonic has been awarded a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and a 5-star rating from safecar.gov (federal government). Chevy has equipped the Sonic with ten standard airbages and a free six month subscription to OnStar with automatic collision notification. The Sonic is also equipped with a lane departure waring system, reverse camera, and a forward collision warning system. If you're in the market for a safe, small, inexpensive vehicle. Make sure the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is on your shopping list.
Read my section on buying a new car before ever stepping foot inside a dealership. Following my advice and tips will help you navigate the car buying process and guarantee you pay the lowest new car price and avoid modern dealership car buying scams.
When negotiating a new car's price, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the car.
As always, I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Edmunds Price Promise or TrueCar No Haggle Pricing, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.
|Safe Car||Curb Weight||Base Price*||NHTSA Rating||IIHS Rating||Fuel Economy**|
|2016 Scion iA||2,416 lbs||$17,595||Not Rated||Top Safety Pick+||37 mpg|
|2016 Chevrolet Sonic||2,720 lbs||$16,470||5 Stars||Top Safety Pick||28 mpg|
|2016 Honda Civic||2,751 lbs||$20,275||Not Tested||Top Safety Pick+||35 mpg|
|2016 Kia Soul||2,784 lbs||$18,150||5 Stars||Top Safety Pick||26 mpg|
|2016 Nissan Sentra||2,857 lbs||$18,465||4 Stars||Top Safety Pick||32 mpg|
|2016 Mazda Mazda3||2,930 lbs||$19,715||5 Stars||Top Safety Pick+||34 mpg|
|2016 Volkswagen Golf||2,961 lbs||$20,415||5 Stars (2-Door)||Top Safety Pick+ (4-Door)||29 mpg|
|2016 Volkswagen Jetta||3,025 lbs||$19,600||4 Stars||Top Safety Pick+||32 mpg|
|2016 Subaru Impreza||3,032 lbs||$20,090||5 Stars||Top Safety Pick+||31 mpg|
|2016 Lexus CT 200h||3,130 lbs||$32,200||Not Tested||Top Safety Pick+||42 mpg|
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