Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

Interesting | November 28th, 2007 by 4

What is the safest car? A very popular question which leads to tens of annual rankings done by car magazines, automobile blogs, consumer reports websites. …

What is the safest car? A very popular question which leads to tens of annual rankings done by car magazines, automobile blogs, consumer reports websites. Well, today, we're going the other route: What are the most dangerous cars? Which cars score the lowest in crash tests?

Number ONE Buick Rendezvous

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

The 2007 model which scored very low in the NHTSA frontal impact rating will be replaced by a 2008 model which features new standard safety equipment.

2. Ford Ranger

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

The Ranger gets a low three-star NHTSA rollover rating, (which corresponds to a 20% to 30% risk of rollover in a single-vehicle crash) with one of the highest rollover risk factors (0.3) of any vehicle.

3. Nissan Frontier

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

The Frontier was also rated "Poor" (out of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) by the IIHS in rear impact. Both Frontiers tested didn't have side airbags or side curtain bags, which are also optional.

4. Ford Escape/ Mercury Mariner

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

The federal government also gives the Mariner one of few three-star ratings, which corresponds to a relatively high risk of rollover. And stability control isn't available. Waiting for the '08 would be a smart move, as front side airbags, side curtain bags and stability control will all finally be standard.

5. Toyota Yaris

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

The Yaris four-door performs badly in both major side-crash tests, with three stars from NHTSA and a "Poor" rating from the IIHS.

6. Hyundai Accent

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

When the federal government tested an Accent four-door sedan, it rated its side-impact performance with three stars–the lowest it gets in 2007.

7. Toyota Matrix/ Pontiac Vibe

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

Without the optional side airbags, the Matrix gets only three stars for front-seat passengers in the side-impact test. Stability control is optional on both models, which are due to be replaced by a new model after '08.

8. Kia Rio

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

It gets a low, three-star NHTSA side impact rating, plus appalling "Poor" ratings in both side- and rear-impact tests and the not-quite-passable "Acceptable" frontal rating from the IIHS.

9. Chevrolet Aveo

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

10. Suzuki Reno/Forenza

Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

To see the rest of the top and find out more details, please visit forbes.com 

  • Mark

    WOW!!!! This is scary, because these are just some the types of cars I see on my daily commute to work and who are driven like bats out of hades…these drivers push the beasties like they were BMW’s or Porsche’s on the Nordschliefe!!!

  • greg

    this is great. i drive a ford ranger and it turns out there the second most dangerous vehicle. i’m not feeling very good about it

  • http://profiles.google.com/cic.carinsurance Rowena J

    Another great article I found about the most dangerous cars in America: http://www.carinsurancecomparison.com/top-10-most-dangerous-cars-in-america/… I would love to see a debate spark about which cars are more dangerous

  • http://www.carinsurancequote.net Mark

    Thanks for this very informative post. It’s so easy to find articles about the safest cars, but not so when it comes to dangerous ones. I had no idea…there are certainly some surprises on this list! I’m forwarding this to my friends and family. Thanks for the post! 

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