Forbes Magazine (forbes.com) has complied a list of the safest cars of 2007, using data from respected sources, including Consumer Reports, The Department of Transportation, The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
In order to win a spot on the list, the vehicle had to have at least of the two following: Consumer Report’s highest possible accident avoidance rating, Perfect crash test scores from NHTSA, Perfect crash test scores from IIHS and lower that average frequency of insurance injury claim filing according to the HLDI.
Forbes only considered vehicles that had been tested in all available categories.
Following are Forbes Safest Cars of 2007, along with some of the safety features on the individual models.
Acura RDX SUV. Base Price $32,995. The RDX safety features include a sophisticated body structure, standard front, side and side curtain air bags. Brake assist and Vehicle Stability Assist help prevent impacts. (acura.com)
Acura RL Sedan. Base Price $45,780. Braking system, Active Front Lighting System and Vehicle Stability Assist. (acura.com).
Audi A4 Family. Base Price $28,240. Winner of the overall World Car of the Year Award. (audiusa.com)
Audi A6 Sedan and Wagon. Base Price $41,950.
BMW Z4 Convertible and Coupe. Base Price $36,400. Precision handling, agility, and responsiveness help drivers to react to unexpected driving situations (bmwusa.com)
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible and Coupe. Base Price $44,995. safety features include driver and passenger dual stage frontal and side-impact air bags, passenger sensing air bag system, Z06 brakes, anti lock brakes, active handling, OnStar, traction control and driver information center. (www.chevrolet.com)
Ford Freestyle SUV. Base Price $26,670.
Honda Civic Coupe and Sedan. Base Price $14,810.
Jaguar XJ Sedan. Base Price $64,250.
Lexus SC Convertible. Base Price $64.455. Safety feature include airbags, run0flat tires, theft deterrent system, ABS with brake assist, three point seat belts, daytime running lights, tire pressure sensors, and side impact door beams. (lexus.com).
Lincoln Town Car Sedan. Base Price $43,045.
Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible. Base Price $21,180. Safety features include anti theft alarm, dual front airbags with passenger deactivating switch, engine immobilizer, side impact airbags, side impact door beams, three point safety belts and tire pressure monitor system.
Mercedes-Benz SL Class convertible. Base Price $95,575.
Mercury Grand Marquis Sedan. Base Price $25,735.
Porsche 911 Convertible and Coupe. Base Price $72,400. Porsche ceramic composite brake, passive safety, airbag, Porsche stability system. (porsche.com/usa)
Porsche Boxter Convertible. Base Price $45,600. Head and thorax airbags.
Saab 9-3 Convertible, Sedan and Wagon. Base Price $26,995.
Saab 9-5 Sedan and Wagon. $35,440.
Subaru Forester SUV. Base Price $21,195.
Volkswagen Passat Sedan and Wagon. Base Price $23,180.
Volvo XC90 SUV. Base Price $36,135.
For the complete story, see Forbes.com.