Starting off our list is the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu is getting a refresh for the 2014 model year, giving it sharper looks and better performance. But one thing that isn't changing is the 2013 Chevy Malibu's IIHS Top Safety Pick rating. However, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu has updated with safety in mind. It now offers additional technology to help avoid collisions, like Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert. However, if an accident is unavoidable, the new Malibu comes standard with 10 airbags, including front knee airbags for the driver and passenger. OnStar with Automatic Crash Response also comes standard for the first six months, insuring that if anything ever did happen, help is on the way.
Up next is the 2013 Chrysler 200 and 2013 Dodge Avenger. As one is basically a rebadged version of the other, we've grouped them together. Both have earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and cost less than $20,000, making them the least expensive vehicles on the list and two of the safest you could buy. The Chrysler 200 offers active headrests that move forward and upward to decrease the chance of injury, along with a standard advanced airbag system. The Dodge Avenger has a Brake Assist system which boosts braking power when it senses emergency braking, along with the available Electronic Vehicle Information Center that displays status messages, personal settings, outside temperature, compass, audio modes, and a trip computer.
Ford has done some great things with the new Fusion, including stepping up its safety features. The stylish and comfortable sedan has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to new standard and optional safety features. The 2013 Ford Fusion offers a Lane Keeping System, Rear View Camera, Adaptive Cruise control and forward Collision Warning, and the available SYNC Services offers traffic alerts, 911 Assist, Vehicle Health Report, and more. When you purchase a Fusion Hybrid or Fusion Energi model, most of the additional safety features come standard, helping you to stay safe and receive great fuel efficiency at the same time.
The new Honda Accord is making large strides in safety, thanks to the new Advanced Compatibility Engineering II body structure, which features the highest grade steel. This structure is exclusive to the Honda brand and distributes frontal crash energy more evenly throughout the vehicle. On top of this, Honda has added SmartVent front side airbags to protect the upper body from injury, which deploy and vent rapidly to reduce airbag-related injuries. Driver assists include Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, both of which use a small camera mounted on the top of the windshield. As an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, you can't go wrong with purchasing a new Honda Accord for you and your family.
The 2013 Kia Optima, also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, has a safety system designed to help minimize injury during an accident. The front seats have seat belt pretenstioners and force limiters, and a high-tensile steel-reinforced body. On top of that, the Optima features front and rear crumple zones that have been designed to dissipate the impact energy, helping to limit injury and preserve the passenger compartment. Inside, dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted airbags, and side curtain airbags managed by an advanced sensor system help keep all passengers safe in the event of an accident. That's a lot of safety features loaded into one car.
Not only is the all-new 2014 Mazda 6 turning heads with its distinct updated styling, it also comes loaded with so many standard safety features it's hard to mention them all in the space provided. As an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the Mazda6 has all the standard airbags, and side-impact door beams, among other safety systems. Optional safety features include Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Smart City Brake Support system. On top of all the many safety features designed to keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of an accident, there's so much more this car has to offer.
The 2013 Nissan Altima has been completely redesigned from the inside out for the 2013 model year, with more innovation and excitement than previous models. The new Altima has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, thanks to Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System that has dual-stage supplemental front air bags and seat-belt and occupant-classification sensors. The body of the new Altima features Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, as well as hood buckling creases and safety stops. On top of that, the Altima has pipe-style steel side-door guard beams and an energy-absorbing steering column. If you haven't taken a look at the all-new Nissan Altima and its updated safety features, now is the time.
With the safety of its passengers in the forefront of its mind, Subaru updated the Legacy for the 2013 model year, and even earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. So what went into making this car so safe? For starters, almost all safety features come standard on all models. Active safety features include Brake Assist, Daytime Running Lights, and the EyeSight driver assistance system. Other safety features include a Brake Override System, Collapsible steering column, Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame, as well as front seat side pelvis and torso airbags, side curtain airbags, and dual-stage deployment airbags. How can you not feel safe driving down the road in the Subaru Legacy?
It's no surprise that the 2013 Volkswagen Passat has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, as it comes with standard and optional safety features you'd expect to see on a more expensive car. It's not only a stylish choice, it's a safe one. The front end of the car has impact-absorbing elements the help absorb the crash energy in a front-end collision. If a crash is unavoidable, you can feel safe knowing that the Intelligent Crash Response System will unlock the doors, turn on the hazard lights, and turn off power to the fuel pump; however the system will only activate when an accident causes the airbags to deploy or the seat belt pretensioners to activate.
As the most expensive vehicle on the list, the 2013 Volvo S60 is also one of the safest. Like the others before it, the S60 has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating thanks to its many standard and optional safety features. Some of these features include Active High Bean, Adaptive Brake Light, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Distant Alert, as well as City Safety, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, and Driver Alert Control and Lane Departure Warning. With so many innovative safety features on top of the standard airbag system and other interior safety features, you can feel comfortable behind the wheel of the Volvo S60 as you know the automaker has added all those safety features to give you some peace of mind.
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