Car hunting in 2020? Here are some of the safest vehicles for families

Fed up with your old and broken-down vehicle? Is 2020 your year for buying a new car? For new vehicle buyers who have car safety in mind, the 2020 safest cars are worth a peek. Before test driving your brand new SUV, sedan, or truck, check out a handful of high-end and affordable car models that help you stay aware for the highways ahead of you.

Read ahead to learn about a few of the best cars for safety in 2020 and gain the peace of mind when commuting around town or on your next road trip.

Car safety in 2020 sedans 

For drivers seeking a fuel-efficient sedan that offers top-end safety as well as performance, here are some interesting picks that are backed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Mazda3 Hatchback

Loaded with the available i-Active Sense safety, drivers who choose the Mazda3 Hatchback trim can look to advanced safety features like the driver attention alert, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist radar cruise control with stop-and-go, smart brake support, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist. The Mazda Kodo exterior design is remarkably safe as well.

  • Honda Civic

Known for fuel-efficiency and longevity, the Honda Civic is a fantastic compact sedan when it comes to top-notch safety advancements. On select trims, look at safety features such as the tire pressure monitoring system, auto-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist system, forward collision warning, lane departure prevention, and more. 

  • Volvo S60

Volvo combines luxury with safety, and this midsize sedan is favored by many drivers seeking enhanced safety in a sports sedan. Equipped with traction control, Volvo sedans have a wide base and low center of gravity which makes for safer handling and control. Also, safety features like auto-leveling headlights, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, integrated turn signal mirrors, brake assist, and electronic stability control give drivers plenty of assistance when driving under pressure.

  • Toyota Camry

An affordable midsize sedan that is equipped with excellent safety is the Camry by Toyota. Toyota has set the Camry up with the Star Safety System which offers features such as stability and traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist with smart stop technology. Also, the Camry gives drivers the option for the Toyota Safety Sense. 

Gain extra awareness with safety sense features like the pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, and lane-departure alert with steering assist. Ideal for driving in the city or busy suburbs.

Safety in SUVs

  • Hyundai Palisade

There is a whole other side of driving that goes into sport utility vehicles, and with larger load size and more horsepower, safety is essential. The Hyundai Palisade is a 2020 safest car nominee. It’s equipped with all the safety mechanisms in today’s age. Certain trims of the Palisade will include features like the rear occupant alert, park distance warning, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot avoidance assist, highway drive assist.

  • Lexus RX

This midsize luxury SUV not only offers the pristine interior comfort and practicality the whole family can indulge in but phenomenal safety features as well. Look to the safety offered by the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 and use assistance features like the panoramic view monitor, smart-stop technology, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic braking, premium triple-beam headlamps, vehicle proximity notification system, and rain-sensing wipers.

Also, the Lexus RX offers a rigid body structure with crumple zones which assist in taking on any exterior impact to keep drivers and passengers protected on the inside.

  • Subaru Forester

Subaru is known for backing their drivers with wonderful safety guidelines. So far, as of summer 2020, the new Forester has yet to have any recalls or safety issues reported. Today, the 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with the all-wheel drive, as well as the Subaru Eyesight Driver-Assist Technology. 

Take on the highways or roadways with the Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system, Subaru Starlink Safety & Security, 180-degree front view monitor, blind-spot detection, and reverse automatic braking, to name only a few of the available options.

  • Volvo XC-60

It’s sporty and luxurious. And its safety assistance are everything new car buyers search for in an SUV. The Volvo XC-60 brings it all to the table with its new-age advancements. Standard safety includes the lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking. However, it’s the available adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode that is changing the game for busy commuters.

Safe trucks for 2020

  • Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is one of the more popular trucks on today’s auto market. It also happens to be one of the leaders in truck safety. Select precautionary tech features include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure alert.

It’s great for the work commute, job site, or weekend camping excursions. The Tacoma provides a durable body design and innovative safety technologies for truck lovers and off-road enthusiasts.

  • Ford F-150

Built tough for over a century, Ford trucks have mastered durability and safety for new truck buyers. On select F-150 models, buyers can find available terrain management systems with trail control for safety on the dirt trails. When in a busy parking lot, use the 360-degree camera with split-view display and blind-spot information system with trailer coverage. All the basics plus endurance when up against the road elements, Ford offers opportunity for protection.

  • RAM 1500

Bold and powerful, the RAM 1500 is a top choice among many for innovative truck safety. The 2019 Top Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the RAM 1500 offers plenty of available safety advancements. This means adaptive LED headlights, rear cross path and trailer detection and guided parking. There’s also smart cruise, lane-departure warning plus, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.  Talk about a 2020 safest cars contender!

Ask about car safety when buying your next vehicle

Before you set off on your new car search, research all the safety details of your prospective vehicle. Vehicles with all-wheel drive add traction throughout your travels. Alternate driving modes are extremely beneficial when up against slippery roads or loose gravel paths.

When buying or leasing a new car, ask your sales team member about the 2020 safest cars before and during your test drive. Also, be sure to get the full feel of your car’s safety abilities prior to making an offer.

Patrick Kirk
I am a full-time copywriter from Naples, FL and living in Austin, TX. I have written for the automotive industry for three years, and enjoy other hobbies such as camping and mountain biking. I received my Bachelors from Florida Gulf Coast University, and served in the U.S Coast Guard.

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    7 Comments

    1. This article gives great details about shopping for the best vehicle in 2020, definitely something I’d recommend for any buyer especially first time buyers.

    2. Great article, I think for the car I like the Volvo S60 it’s very safe and it looks great. For the SUV it would be a toss-up between the Volvo and the Subaru, and for the truck, it would be the F150

    3. The aluminum body of the F150 will absorb a tremendous amount of energy in an accident. The crash test videos are very interesting for that vehicle, and they are incredibly safe.

    4. This is great! It’s funny how I didn’t think about safety aspects until I had kids. Now its the most important feature on my radar. Since I’m in the headlight business, I look for the latest technology in lighting, which is one of the most important safety components when driving at night.

    5. glad to see subaru making it onto the list

    6. Hmmm…it’s easy to forget about the safety of a vehicle and get caught up in the appearance as well as the gas mileage, but this is really useful information! Safely must be top priority before anything else.

    7. I was just glad to see my vehicle on the list. I think the Toyota Camry is a pretty consistent and reliable car year after year. I definitely wasn’t surprised by most of the vehicles on this list. Toyota/Lexus being in each category was to be expected. I learned something new about Volvos.

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