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]