I want to buy a vehicle that I don’t have to worry about. Which vehicles have the best safety and reliability records?
Gary Jaffarian, proud to represent Volvo and Toyota, uses objective published statistics on vehicle safety and reliability to answer this question.
We generally quote the IIHS statistics that you hear on many TV commercials. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides the most accurate safety ratings that are closely monitored by the insurance industry. Cars.com published the 2016 Worry-Free Index which is the list of “cars with high reliability ratings, low expected maintenance costs and strong warranty terms.”
Cars.com also chooses the best vehicles of the year and this year’s winner for Best of 2016 of all vehicles is the Volvo XC90 SUV. A writer for Cars.com wrote: “The Volvo XC90’s Best Of 2016 win can be summed up in one word: execution”…the XC90 is “distinguished mainly by its stately exterior styling and a list of active-safety features above and beyond what competitors offer, such as collision avoidance and protection in additional scenarios, like when turning in front of an oncoming vehicle…you encounter distinctive styling and high quality in everything from the look of its materials to the feel of its few mechanical controls…From the moment you start to explore the touch-sensitive screen — a technology as likely to frustrate you as please you in other vehicles — it’s clear Volvo has done it right. It responds immediately, its menus are clear and its functions easily understood. Despite all this computerization, the gear selector remains a conventional lever; unlike many competitors, Volvo hasn’t set out to fix what wasn’t broken.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Cars.com chose the Toyota Prius C as the Eco-Friendly Car of the Year. They write: “The smallest of the Prius models combines extraordinarily high gas mileage with low price. Even among the growing number of non-hybrid cars with high mileage ratings, the wee Prius c still amazes with an EPA-estimated 53/46/50 mpg city/highway/combined — comparable to the outgoing 2015 regular-size Prius.” The same model won their award for Best Cars for First-Time Drivers.
Cars.com also chose the 2016 Volvo S60 as their Recommended Luxury Car. The wrote: “While Volvo has built a reputation for safety, the S60 succeeds because it is a powerful, agile sedan. The light-effort power steering is direct, and the car changes course quickly, plus the turbocharged and supercharged T6 Drive-E’s performance is a real kick in the pants. The interior offers good fit and finish, and enough unique touches to belong in (and stand apart from) the luxury field.”
The vehicle that Cars.com chose for the recommended vehicle for big families is the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. A new ranking published on Cars.com is the Worry-Free Car for 2016 rankings of all makes and models which includes in 3rd place—2016 Toyota Highlander; in 8th place—2016 Toyota Camry and in 12th place – 2016 Toyota RAV4. They took into consideration the IIHS safety ratings in preparing this list.
If you’re concerned about safety, the IIHS Top Safety Picks have some great choices with Toyota and Volvo ranking in nearly every category. Their 2016 Safety Picks in the following categories include:
Small Cars—Toyota Prius
Midsize Cars—Toyota Camry and Prius V
Large Cars—Toyota Avalon
Midsize Luxury Cars—Volvo S60 and V60
Small SUVs—Toyota RAV4
Large Luxury Car—Volvo S80
Midsize SUV—Toyota Highlander
Midsize Luxury SUV—Volvo XC60 and XC90.
The year-end is one of the best times to purchase a 2016 model at a great price or get a deal on a 2017 model. Jaffarian Volvo Toyota can help you make that important decision as to which is the best vehicle to meet your needs and your budget, without any pressure. For you or for your loved one who will be so excited and grateful this holiday season, December is a great time to buy a new or pre-owned vehicle with safety in mind as we are approaching the winter season.
With winter weather upon us, please drive carefully.
P.S. Please remember to drop by our showroom at 600 River Street to make a
donation to the Emmaus House. Our collection is mounting –but the homeless families serviced by Emmaus could use all the help they can get this holiday season. Donations will be accepted until December 15th.