The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the safest small cars you can buy in 2016.

Top 10 Safest Small New Cars You Can Buy in 2016

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 airbags 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.

Competition Always Gets You the Lowest New Car Price

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 Ryde Shopper or Motor Trend, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.

Top 10 Safest Small New Cars You Can Buy in 2016

Safe CarCurb WeightBase Price*NHTSA RatingIIHS RatingFuel Economy**
2016 Scion iA2,416 lbs$17,595Not RatedTop Safety Pick+37 mpg
2016 Chevrolet Sonic2,720 lbs$16,4705 StarsTop Safety Pick28 mpg
2016 Honda Civic2,751 lbs$20,275Not TestedTop Safety Pick+35 mpg
2016 Kia Soul2,784 lbs$18,1505 StarsTop Safety Pick26 mpg
2016 Nissan Sentra2,857 lbs$18,4654 StarsTop Safety Pick32 mpg
2016 Mazda Mazda32,930 lbs$19,7155 StarsTop Safety Pick+34 mpg
2016 Volkswagen Golf2,961 lbs$20,4155 Stars (2-Door)Top Safety Pick+ (4-Door)29 mpg
2016 Volkswagen Jetta3,025 lbs$19,6004 StarsTop Safety Pick+32 mpg
2016 Subaru Impreza3,032 lbs$20,0905 StarsTop Safety Pick+31 mpg
2016 Lexus CT 200h3,130 lbs$32,200Not TestedTop Safety Pick+42 mpg

Source: Autobytel
* Base price as of February 1, 2016. Base price includes automatic transmission.
** Fuel economy reflects the combined EPA rating for the base engine and automatic transmission.