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The list-meisters over at Forbes Magazine are at it again, this time short-listing what it says are the safest cars available in 2006. And it is indeed a short list-- just four cars:

  • Acura RL
  • Honda Civic
  • Saab 9-3
  • Volvo S80

Forbes based its results on vehicles posting high Consumer Reports accident avoidance findings, as well as perfect scorecards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and/or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Forbes admits that it excluded vehicles not long for this world, which makes their choice of the current Volvo S80 a little puzzling. Either way, we wouldn't exactly recommend playing chicken with private planes, as seen above.

Click on the link for a better explanation of their methodology, along with the magazine's standard slide-show treatment.

[Sources: Forbes; Volvo Canada]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Leo... that car that owned you on the freeway the other day was a 300-horspower Volvo V70 R. Just thought you might be interested.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Leo,

      My brother in-law has an S60R. I've driven BMW's most of my life and in that mix was an 88 M5 and a 91 540i. The Volvo, after it was chipped, would eat both of them alive and that M5 had 300 ponies when I was done with it. Not to mention he's got all wheel drive and it now starting to push close to 360hp. He also has the factory aoro package which looks dynamite. By the way, there are 2 Z cars in my past...my mom had a 240z and my ex-girlfriend had a 280zx. Hmm...speaking of girls cars...

      Just kidding. I like the 350Z but it's not everything to everybody. The article was about safety, not performance. Maybe we should both try to stay on point.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And what about the Saaburu?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Real world... Crash other cars into these cars and pick the safest car. I would place my bets on the Lincoln Towncar. Next...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Renaults would definitely make the list, but aren't sold in the US, so I guess that's why Forbes didn't mention them.

      I'm still surprised that no German luxury makes are included. I'd always thought an S-Class would be as save as it could get.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was recently in an accident in a friend's 05 RL, and it made a believer out of me. I just feel bad for getting root beer all over his car (I didn't have time to put it down before impact).
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Jeep Wrangler would have to be the winner for least safe. How many cars have stickers on the inside warning you NOT to expect the doors to protect you in a crash?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Leo -

      He says "ha ha, that made you insecure enough to go look up the MT figures."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I already knew before I checked the site again that Volvo would be in the list. Renaults are for fools Volvo was actually the automaker that started safety really. They are legends and I can tell you after having a crash in a Volvo i would not drive any other weak ass car like Renault.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the Ford Five Hundred is based on the S80, does that make it safe too?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Philbert, it is true that IIHS tests replicate a car crashing into the same car (i.e. a civic crashing into ANOTHER civic.) IIHS tells you, although not very clearly, that one should only compare test ratings INSIDE weight classes.

      So, a civic best pick isn't necessarily as safe as an S80 best pick. The civic is hel to lower standards, and yes, its steel would buckle at the thought of coming into contact with a 'burban.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whats about the Renaults?
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