Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in the United States, and throughout the world. That is why car manufacturers are constantly working on improving vehicle safety and trying to equip their vehicles with the latest safety technologies. Usually, the best safety features can be found on the most expensive models, so you will have to spend a significant amount of money if you want to own a car that has the latest safety features.
2013 Volvo S80
Swedish carmaker Volvo has always been known as one leader in automotive safety. Almost all Volvo models have the highest safety ratings, and the 2013 Volvo S80 is no exception. It has earned the highest rating for rear crash protection and head restraints, thanks to a series of features that help drivers avoid collisions and protect occupants in case of an accident. One of the most interesting features is the active high beam, which automatically switches between high and low beams. The system can recognize other cars, pedestrians, and cyclists, and shade out as much of the high beam as necessary, so it doesn’t dazzle other drivers, and avoid an accident. Also, there are adaptive brake lights and collision and lane departure warning. The base price of the 2013 Volvo S80 is $39,150.
2013 Honda Accord 2-door
Unlike the Volvo S80, this 2-door coupe is much more affordable, costing$21,680. Although it looks sporty and doesn’t seem too safe at the first glance, it does provide excellent crash protection for its occupants, and it protects pedestrians and drivers, and occupants of other vehicles. It features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure made of high-grade steel. This body structure distributes frontal crash energy more evenly across the whole front end of the car. Another useful feature is the forward-collision warning system, which includes a camera attached at the top of the car’s windshield, that can detect vehicles in front of you, and if the system calculates that you are too close to another vehicle and there is a risk of collision, it alerts the driver by activating audio and visual signals. Furthermore, there are the innovative SmartVent front side airbags, and vehicle stability assists with traction control.
2013 Dodge Avenger
This mid-size sedan was awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick +, which it has earned thanks to features like active front head restraints, which move forward and upward in case of a rear-end collision. This reduces the risk of serious head and neck injuries, as it decreases the space between the head and the headrest. It also comes with an Electronic Vehicle Information Center, which tracks and displays several functions, such as a trip computer, system status messages, personal settings, and tire pressure. You can rest assured that your kids will be safe in this car, with the smart locks and child seat anchors. The Avenger is one of the most affordable mid-size cars, costing $19, 795.
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