Most Dangerous Cars of 2016


Ford Motor Company Crash Test Dummy
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At Quoted, we usually prefer to focus on the positive: the best cars of 2016, the best used cars, the best cars for road trips, the best minivans, and even the best minivan alternatives (yeah, we’re thorough). But sometimes you just need to know the other side of the story: which vehicles are the most dangerous cars of 2016?

Consumer Reports presented 10 cars that earned their lowest Overall Score in each vehicle class, basing their ratings on road-test score, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, including government and insurance industry crash-test results.

All of the vehicles below earned low safety scores from Consumer Reports (one of the most reliable sources of vehicle information), which means they performed poorly on crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additionally, Consumer Reports considers the presence of standard advanced safety technology in each vehicle they rate, and those without adequate safety features earn lower scores.

Here are the least-safe vehicles, by category, for the 2016 model year:

2016 Fiat 500 L - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016
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Compact: Fiat 500L

Why it’s unsafe:

  • IIHS rating: a score of “poor” in the IIHS small overlap front crash test
  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score: 50

Standard cost for basic insurance coverage, for a 30-year-old single male with good insurance and driving history who lives in Austin Texas (zip code 78702), for basic coverage): $1,368 annual premium

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016
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Compact Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Why it’s unsafe:

  • IIHS: the vehicle’s headlights earned a “poor” rating
  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score: 64

Reliability and owner satisfaction are well below average, says Consumer Reports.

Standard cost to insure: $1,284

2016 Lincoln MKS - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016
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Midsized Luxury Car: Lincoln MKS

Why it’s unsafe:

  • IIHS rating: a score of “poor” in the IIHS small overlap front crash test
  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score: 66

Standard cost to insure: $1,488

 

2016 Dodge Journey - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016

Family SUV: Dodge Journey

Why it’s unsafe:

  • IIHS rating: a score of “poor” in the IIHS small overlap front crash test
  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score: 64

Standard cost to insure: $1,032

 

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016

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Luxury Compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport

Why it’s unsafe:

  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score: 58

Standard cost to insure: $2,148

 

2016 Cadillac Escalade - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016

Large Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade

Why it’s unsafe:

  • NHTSA rating: rollover rating 3 out of 5
  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score:

Standard cost to insure: $2,616

 

2016 Chrysler Town and Country - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016
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Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country

Why it’s unsafe:

  • IIHS rating: a score of “poor” in the IIHS small overlap front crash test
  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score: 72

Standard cost to insure: $1,104

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV - Most Dangerous Cars of 2016
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Green Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Why it’s unsafe:

  • NHTSA highlighted a side-crash safety concern for rear-seat drivers. They say: “Due to the intrusion of the left rear door during the side impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration,” which indicates a higher likelihood of thoracic injury. The side-impact score is 2 out of 5.
  • Consumer Reports Road-Test score: 35

Standard cost to insure: $1,140

 

Consumer Reports warns that low-rated vehicles often appear to be great deals on the lot, but beware: dealers are trying to move less than desirable merchandise–don’t be fooled! As they say, “great deals are rarely found on great cars.”