Parents will instinctively do anything to protect their children, but many forget that all family sedans are not created equal in terms of crash safety.
In the most basic sense, curb weight — vehicle mass — matters in terms of frontal-impact protection, with heavier vehicles doing a better job of protecting vehicle occupants.
Researching curb weight isn’t difficult, but understanding automotive engineering — more specifically, how a vehicle protects its occupants in an accident – is not a talent taught in high school. Thankfully, the aforementioned IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) run dozens of vehicles through a battery of crash tests each year and publish the results.
To come up with a list of the safest new family vehicles, they looked at curb weight and crash tests scores. Then they factored in comfort, practicality, fuel economy and performance. As larger and heavier cars tend to be more expensive, they then drew a line at $25,000.
Based on those parameters, AutoWeb’s Chief Analyst Michael Harley has come up with his list of the “10 safest new family cars you can buy for less than $25,000” – parental instincts will take care of the rest.
1. 2015 Chevrolet Malibu
2. 2015 Chrysler 200
3. 2015 Honda Accord
4. 2015 Hyundai Sonata
5. 2015 Mazda 3
6. 2015 Mazda 6
8. 2015 Subaru Legacy
10. 2015 Volkswagen Jetta
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