Eleven vehicles with a driver death rating of zero
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are 11 vehicles that have a driver death rate of zero. These statistics were compiled for the 2014 model year and are the latest numbers available. So, while they may not directly apply to brand-new 2018 models currently on sale, it's still useful information for anyone looking to buy a late-model vehicle.
Note that the IIHS sometimes breaks down its ratings to a specific variant of an automobile. Some models have ratings that very between front- or all-wheel drive, for example, as you'll soon see as you scroll through this slideshow.
Audi A6 Quattro
The all-wheel-drive Audi A6 Quattro has a driver death rating of zero, according to the IIHS. This rating applies specifically to all-wheel-drive A6 models. The base front-wheel-drive Audi A6 doesn't have a rating in this study from the IIHS.
The Audi A6 Quattro sedan falls into the Large Luxury Car segment of this study.
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Audi Q7 QuattroThe Audi Q7 Quattro falls into the Large Luxury SUV class in this IIHS study.
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BMW 535i and 535xiBMW's 5 Series comes in several different variants. This rating applies to the rear-wheel-drive 535i and all-wheel-drive 535xi sedan. It falls into the Large Luxury Sedan category.
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Jeep Cherokee 4x4The four-wheel-drive Jeep Cherokee has a driver death rating of zero, according to the most recent study from the IIHS. The Jeep's midsize SUV is also available with front-wheel drive, but that version doesn't have a driver death rating from the IIHS.
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Lexus CT 200hThe Lexus CT 200h is the only vehicle from the Midsize Luxury Sedan class with a rating of zero driver fatalities. In reality, though, the CT is a relatively small hatchback. The Lexus ES 350, another midsize luxury sedan, has a rating of 31, which is just over average for all vehicles sold in the United States, according to the IIHS.
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Lexus RX 350This zero-driver-death rating applies specifically to the front-wheel-drive Lexus RX 350. But with a driver death rating of two, the all-wheel-drive Lexus RX also has a very good rating according to the IIHS. The RX falls into the Midsize Luxury SUV category.
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Mazda CX-9As was the case with the Lexus RX, this zero-driver-death rating score for Mazda's CX-9 crossover specifically applies to the front-wheel-drive version. The all-wheel-drive Mazda CX-9 has a driver death rating of 20, which is still well under the national average for all vehicles.
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4Mercedes-Benz no longer sells an M-Class (or, depending on year, ML-Class) SUV, as the model was replaced by the more recent GLE-Class. This rating applies to four-wheel-drive M-Class models of the 2014 model year, one year prior to the vehicle's replacement. The IIHS does not have a rating on rear-wheel-drive M-Class models in the Midsize Luxury SUV segment.
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Toyota Tacoma Double Cab long bed 4x4
Like most pickup trucks sold in America, there are many variations of the Toyota Tacoma. This driver death rating of zero applies to the Double Cab long-bed model with four-wheel drive.
Other versions of the Toyota Tacoma have higher driver death ratings. The highest driver death rating for any version of the Tacoma applies to the rear-wheel-drive Access Cab, which has a rating of 30.