• Nov 1st 2006 at 6:41PM
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In an obvious effort to keep its readership alive (and in turn circulation numbers up) Forbes magazine has made a list of the least safe cars of 2007. Before the flame wars start, note that cars on the list are not necessarily unsafe, but instead are not as safe as other cars available. Therefore, they are the least safe 2007 model year cars.

Most of the vehicles on the list are there because they don't have standard side air bags. But three -- Saturn's Ion, as well as Suzuki's Aerio and Forenza -- made the cut even with side air bags. To understand why these particular vehicles were named in the article, Forbes outlines its methodology, which includes crash tests, injury claims and the opinions of Consumer Reports' researchers.

The seven models named by Forbes are after the jump.

[Source: Forbes Magazine]

Forbes Magazine's least safe 2007 models in no particular order:

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Seems side airbags are all the rage now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares what this financial rag thinks !!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The big point that was glossed over is that when the dealer offers the customer the option of side airbags for $695 versus lets say a $900 sunroof, they opt for the sunroof. When dealing with price its odd to see what buyers feel is important. Should they all be standard? eventually these models will phase out and the ones that replace them will have side airbags standard and we see that happening already. like the hyundais of the world.

      As for Forbes, just be glad they fixed their error and took down the "new" list from 2006 that ran yesterday morning as "news". I was really calling them idiots then since 5 out of the six models they talked about last year are now gone and replaced. Looking at this list at least we know the Mazda 3, Cobalt and focus will stick around another couple of years so its a bit more valid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm either brain dead, or some of the posters on AutoBlog are actually getting more intelligent.

      Seriously, Tom Design really summed it up best. I own a Honda (my 3rd) and bought them inspite of the fact that you could not always get ABS and every possible airbag available...unless you popped for the MOST expensive model. Why should a manufacturer make a safety feature optional or standard on some models of a car and not others...when they are physically the same car? And shame on manufacturers for producing a majority of a model without some feature that enhances safety just so they can steer the customer into a (marginally) cheaper car. Or doing like Mazda and Nissan used to do, that is making you take ALL the available safety features in a costly "package" that included other options you may not want. Example? Mazda's last generation 626 that required you to take the automatic transmission if you wanted to get ABS and the FRONT side airbag "package". Why not ABS alone?
      • 8 Years Ago
      But hey on the bright side. You tree huggers driving these 4seat go karts prolly spend 4$ a week less in gas than big dummies like me who drive safe full size vehicles. Driving one of these turds is like riding a motorcyle with a 60$ helmet because you dont want to spend the money for a good one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This list with Toyota and Chevrolet in the first positions is scary

      • 8 Years Ago
      daytime running lights help YOU see better.

      that guy is on crack.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a toyota tundra.. my friend has a DODGE pickup.. we hauled identical loads going from oklahoma to st paul mn.. He could easily.. and i mean easily out pull me on the hills.. no contest at all.. fuel mileage was about `17 for the DODGE
      • 8 Years Ago
      It sounds like you all are just pissed caus they're badmouthing your favorite cars.

      It sounds like the article's real point is that many companies make side airbags OPTIONAL then use an equipped model to show us all how safe the car is, completely bypassing the important details.

      This is one thing I have to applaud Honda for. "Safety for everyone" and they mean it. No airbags should be optional. Safety should not be limited to certain buyers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i agree with their list,
      and if the Fusion didn't come with standard airbags for 2007 then it would have been on this list.

      the one withouthte airbags was reated two below acceptable in the beggining, and even with the standard airbags it is still rated as average.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't believe I wasted my time reading this thrash.

      I can only blame myself for clicking on a Forbes link.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. It almost feels like Forbes has turned to reality TV for inspiration on how to "rate" cars. Who should we vote off the island next? We at FirstRide promote safer, cooler, greener cars. 10 cars are currently "approved" by us. The Audi A3, Honda's Fit, Civic and Civic Hybrid, the Mazda 3, Toyota's Yaris, Corolla and Prius, Mini Cooper and the Subaru Impreza. Granted we recommend the cars with safety features included (I'd rather see them as standard features), but to go after car companies because buyers have to add features to make them safer is silly and purile. It's just bullying. By the way Forbes...let's try to write something positive about the industry. You may not have noticed, but even though certain companies may deserve a bashing because of their high-level strategy decisions in the board room which backfired(automakers making bigger SUV's to make more profit), there are still people working in the factories who are more focused on keeping their jobs and paying their bills than putting cars together. Pathetic reporting.

      Grant Lyons
      Founder, CEO
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