The safety of your family on the roads is a high priority, as road tolls rise each year. To keep you and your family safe in an accident, here are the top 7 cars you should consider.
The 7 safest second-hand cars in Australia
Many people think about the colour, the style and how fast their new car will go, but there’s one other important thing to consider. While ANCAP continually refines their scientific crash tests on brand new cars, updating their rating system each year to match emerging technology, not everyone will buy brand new cars. That’s where this list comes in.
In 2017 Monash University did a study of 7.5 million real-world crashes to find out which are the safest and most dangerous cars in Australia. From light cars to large family SUV’s, here are the cars available on the second-hand market that is the safest, based on real world, not laboratory, data.
- Toyota Prius
This quiet, efficient car made from 2009-2015 is one that’s loved by its owners who report using around 5L/100km. It also has plenty of boot space and features like digital radio and heated seats.
With dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, as well as anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist and electronic stability control (ESC) are all standard, along with seatbelt warnings and pretensioners. The middle rear seat has a three-point seatbelt.
- Subaru Impreza
If you aren’t ready to make the step to a hybrid, the Subaru Impreza/XV from 2012-2015 will give you excellent safety while maintaining your street cred.
ABS, EBD and ESC are standard, as well as all the airbags the Prius has. Advanced seat belt reminders and pretensioners make sure passengers are buckled up safe too.
- Subaru Liberty, Legacy or Outback
This family car, and its popular with Learner drivers, so if you plan to upgrade as your growing teenagers get their licence, then a 2009-2014 model Subaru is one to consider.
With continuous variable transmission and AWD, it’s a driver friendly car that can safely handle weekend camping trips, with heaps of space inside for those long drives. It’s also one of the safest medium cars on the road.
- Mercedes Benz E-Class
Classed as a ‘large sedan’ this family car built from 2002-2015 was a pioneer in passenger safety.
Dual front and side airbags, pelvic airbags, side curtains ABS, EBD, emergency brake assist, and electronic stability control, as well as intelligent seatbelt reminders and pretensioners, are standard.
The middle rear seat has a three-point seatbelt. A seven-seater option ensures you can fit everyone in comfortable.
- Mazda CX-7
This medium SUV made from 2006-2012 makes a spacious family car that’s cheap to run. Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains were standard, as is electronic brake distribution, electronic brake stability control, seatbelt reminders and seatbelt pretensioners. Plus, the rear centre seat has a three-point seatbelt for better protection.
- Toyota Kluger
Owner reviews of this super safe medium SUV made from 2007-2013 are consistently high. It’s got an excellent safety with dual front, side chest and side head airbags, AEB, seatbelt reminders for the second row and curtain airbags extending to the third row.
- Audi Q7
Our final safe used car is a large SUV from 2006-2014. It’s the only model here with a 4-star rather than 5-star ANCAP safety rating on the 2007 model, and it performed well in the on-road environment. It has dual front airbags, side airbags and curtains, ABS, EBD and ESC as standard equipment.
With these options, you’ll be able to find a car to suit your needs and be confident that you’re putting road safety first too.
Article provided to Northern Beaches Mums by Positive Lending Solutions