• Jul 27, 2007
Tiger, you should be ashamed pushing that beastly Buick Rendezvous on an unsuspecting public. Not only was it little more than a warmed-over minivan trying to look hip, Forbes says it's possibly the most dangerous new vehicle for sale today. Luckily for all the uninformed car shoppers out there, the Rendezvous and several others, like the Ford Ranger, on the list won't be on sale much longer.

Forbes took many factors into consideration when deciding what constituted a dangerous vehicle. Instead of using only crash test data or fatality statistics, the magazine also looked at safety equipment and Consumer Reports' accident avoidance ratings.

Lots of weight was given to standard safety equipment which is what damned vaunted nameplates like Toyota's Matrix, Chrysler's PT Cruiser and Ford's Focus. But at least those cars have optional side air bags, Suzuki's Reno and Forenza don't even offer them as optional equipment.

There were some surprises, though. Forbes praises the Honda S2000 for having admirable crash test results and superior handling that could help in crash avoidance, but puts it on the list anyway for not having standard side air bags.

Check out the story and entire list here.

[Source: Forbes]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      Please stop posting links/stories about these bullshit rankings by people who know nothing about cars.
      Thank you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Forbes, ha ha hah ah ah, who cares what they would have to say about an automobile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice the picture of the Aveo is wrong. IIRC that is a picture of a Malibu
        • 7 Years Ago
        No no, that's the right picture. It's of the redesigned Aveo.
      Ron
      • 7 Years Ago
      Forbes ...Oh yes!!! I recall that being a financial type magazine...Hey Forbes why can't you report about what you know ..like an impending Dow crash of 300 plus points last week... What's next Forbes more Paris Hilton articles?
      Why should we even acknowledge a vehicle article that you report on. I own a Rendezvous and love it. It has side air bags Versa Tac Suspension and four wheel disc brakes as well as all wheel drive . What could make it more safe than your average car? Tiger Woods should hit you with his nine iron for this insulting bogus reporting. That's right try and keep the lime light off of yourself so all 325 of you readers can't see you are really not up to snuff, in reporting about what they really want to know financially speaking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That story is BS. They weren't looking at the cars themselves but also at who drives them. Of course an S2000 isn't the safest, not because of equipment but because of the drivers as well. If I had an S2000, I'd drive it like I stole it, and as for the Rendezvous, go figure. The median age for a Rendezvous driver is probably 65. I think Forbes has 0 credibility.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Terrible article. It's BS muckraking at its finest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fat old penny pinching people who (for one reason or another) cannot use their own brains to think for themselves read Forbes magazine.

      The rest of the world doesn't care.

      Forbes is a supposed to be a financial magazine, yet they constantly think that it is there job to analyze cars and publish silly baseless article that determine "the top 20 most dangerous vehicles".

      Please. It's nothing more than a journalistic stunt to sell more magazines and get younger people to adopt their conservative views.

      Bah humbug!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rendevous = Based on Chevy Venture, what do you expect? Speaking of which, why is the Uplander not on the list?

      Ranger--ancient design, what do you expect?

      Frontier--How is it so much worse than the Xterra?

      Escape--It's an old mini-ute design; most little SUVs used to be unsafe.

      Yaris--Get a Honda Fit

      Accent--Hyundai's new spurt of quality doesn't seem to reach the bottom of its lineup

      Matrix--Why is the nearly identical Corolla not on the list at all?

      Rio--It's a restyled Ford Aspire. It should have scored worse than the Ranger.

      Aveo--Surprising that it didn't do worse than the Yaris.

      Reno/Forenza

      Focus--old design; it's slightly ironic that it is also on Forbes "Greenest Cars" list.

      Liberty--surprised it didn't do worse.

      Dakota--Think 1997-2003 F-150.

      Cobalt--should be higher on the list!

      Xterra--How can it be safer than the Frontier? They're very similar, and, judging by the full wagon body, the Xterra probably has a higher center of gravity, thus making it more likely to roll over.

      Ion--how can it be that much different from Cobalt?

      PT Cruiser--glorified previous generation Dodge Neon. Why isn't the Caliber on here?

      S2000--can you get side airbags on the Elise?

      tC--its handling is enough to get it on this list.

      Mazda3--Makes you wonder about the safety of the similar Volvo S40

      I agree that the Ranger, Escape, Yaris, Aveo, Liberty, Rio, Reno/Forenza, and PT Cruiser belong on this list. The other spots should be reserved for less qualified applicants, such as the Chevrolet Uplander.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Reno/Forenza--Why would anyone buy one?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oops, I was thinking price for the xB. The xD and Fit are similarly priced. However, I still prefer the Fit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hold off on the McHonda Fit and wait for the 2008 Scion xD. Enough torque for highway/freeway driving, speedier and it looks sporty and has a much nicer interior and better features. And its not a McHonda. No comparison, really.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am not holding my breath for the xD. While it is certainly an improvement over the xA, Car and Driver says that the xD is plagued with the numb steering that affects the Yaris.

        From what I've read, the Fit, despite its low-output engine, has handling to rival a VW GTI and is quickly becoming an autocross favorite. It is also slightly less expensive than the xD--and it's not based on the "unsafe" Yaris.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would anyone take financial advice from Car & Driver?
      • 7 Years Ago
      FTA: "The Matrix and the closely related Vibe fair acceptably with four- and five-star results in the federal government's crash tests."

      I have a hard time taking the word of a publication that can't even use the word 'fare' properly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not even listening to Forbes based on this small fact: all these cars are safer than what we all drove 20 yrs ago.

        And I will not be kowtowed into making "safety" my number one priority when buying a vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was clicking thru hoping that the Mazda3 wouldn't make the list and there is was at #20...dangit!

      The poor side-impact performance is what kills it, and all because the side airbags aren't standard. My '06 has them, but I had a hard time finding it equipped with them.

      Why Mazda doesn't offer a model with side airbags to re-test is beyond me! I mean it shares it's basic platform with a Volvo for godssake.
      • 7 Years Ago
      far jr.,

      what you are witnessing is the "Toyota Production System". think of it like the old McDonald's, complete with all the warming bins, with everything made one way, theirs.

      there are two differences, though;

      1) even with the old McDonald's system, they would still make what you wanted, albeit begrudgingly. Toyota won't.

      2) McDonald's abandoned the system entirely a few years back.

      for all those Toyota fanboys out there who don't believe it, just go to their web site, and try to, let's say, build a Tundra SR-5 with 20" wheels, fog lamps, and a 6 way passenger seat.

      ...and just like that goat in the AFLAC commercials, nah..nah..nah.

      now, head to ANY domestic truck site, and do the same thing...voila, there is your truck, just the way you wanted it. as a matter of fact Toyota doesn't offer a SINGLE stand-alone option.

      AZMike
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Buick Rendezvous.

      It's both a Buick, and a minivan, and it's driven by old people who follow the "bigger is safer" mentality.

      The car is a massive, steaming, automotive turd.
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