There was a point in time where safety wasn’t high on consumers’ lists of priorities; buyers looked for power, style, and conveniences, but not safety. Now safety is the top priority for many car buyers, and that’s not likely to change in the near future.
Whether its good or bad news, the facts of the matter are that physics make a difference, and a small car colliding with a bigger vehicle will almost always lose. That’s why subcompacts and mini-cars scored near the bottom of the list. In addition to sophisticated safety features, that is also why large vehicles like the GMC Sierra 1500 topped the list.
GMC dominated the top five, with four of the top spots. The Sierra 1500 came in first, the Yukon Denali came in third, the Sierra 2500HD SLE came in fourth, and the GMC Terrain rounded out the top five.
Russ Rader, a spokesman for the IIHS, said, “If safety is a priority, you should avoid the smallest cars. Weight counts; smaller, lighter cars, are safer than they used to be, but all things being equal, people riding in bigger, heavier vehicles get more protection in crashes.”
GMC pickups and sport utility vehicles have consistently scored highly in crash tests conducted by the IIHS and the NHTSA. 2013 GMC vehicles are equipped with sophisticated safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control, comprehensive airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners to both avoid crashes and keep occupants safe during collisions.
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