Jan. 25, 2012 - Thinking about a new car? If you factor safety into your choice (most people do), then you’ll want to know what vehicles aced crash tests and are considered the safest to buy.
From minicars and sedans to SUVs and pickups, you’ll find hundreds of 2012 models deemed safe by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
New Car Protection
The New Auto Security Coverage Endorsement* is an option if you’re thinking about a new car. (An endorsement is simply a document used to amend your car insurance policy.) This coverage helps protect against depreciation for up to two years in case you’d have to replace your vehicle after an accident.
If you’re shopping, talk to your Agent about how to add this endorsement to your policy. The vehicle make and model are also among several factors that may affect the cost of your insurance policy. Ask your Agent about your insurance rates before you buy your new ride.
*Not available in New York or North Carolina.
Each year the nonprofit research and education organization determines which vehicles do the best job of protecting people in four of the most common kinds of crashes — front, side, rollover and rear — based on ratings in Institute evaluations. The ratings help shoppers pick vehicles that offer the highest levels of crash protection.
Every major automaker has at least one winner that earned the Institute’s esteemed Top Safety Pick award. Among the 115 award winners, there are 18 new recipients this year, while 97 models that previously qualified for the 2011 award carry over to 2012.
Here’s a breakdown of some of this year’s qualifiers: