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Safest used cars you can buy…

The Monash University Accident Research Centre looks at car crash statistics from 1990 to 2015 to determine a list of the safest used cars you can buy.

THE 2017 USED CAR SAFETY RATING is based on car crash statistics from 1990 to 2015 where someone was either killed or seriously injured. The ratings for each car are based on the vehicle’s safety performance related to its design with those recommended as a ‘Safer Pick’ determined to provide “excellent protection to their own driver and cause less serious injury to other road users,” according to the Used Car Safety Ratings website.

When it comes to buying a used car then you absolutely want to ensure the vehicle you’re considering has traction and stability controls, airbags and seatbelts with pretension devices. If you’re looking at something newer and more expensive then, for added safety look for features like blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, reversing camera and sensors front and rear.

We gone through the Used Car Safety Ratings list for 2017 and selected only the Safer Pick vehicles across a range of categories. What’s a Safer Pick? “Only vehicles which provide excellent protection to their own driver, cause less serious injury to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in a collision and have a lower risk of being involved in a crash achieve a ‘Safer Pick’ rating.”

We’ve included a selection of images illustrating the vehicles selected as a Safer Pick.

Light Cars:

Honda City – 2009-2013

Small Cars:

Audi A3 – 2004-2013

BMW 1 Series – 2004-2013

Subaru Impreza/XV – 2012-2015

Toyota Prius 3 – 2009-2015

Medium Cars:

Audi A4/S4 B8/AllRoad/RS4 – 2008-2015

Ford Mondeo – 2007-2015

Jaguar X-Type – 2002-2010

Lexus IS350/IS250/IS F – 2005-2013

Lexus IS200/IS300 – 1999-2004

Mazda6 – 2008-2011

Mazda RX-8 – 2003-2011

Mercedes-Benz C-Class W204/C204 – 2007-2015

Mercedes-Benz CLK C209 – 2003-2009

Peugeot 407 – 2004-2011

Subaru Liberty/Outback/Exiga – 2009-2014

Large Cars:

Mercedes-Benz E-Class W211 – 2002-2009

Mercedes-Benz E-Class W212/W213/C207/A207 – 2009-2015

Volvo V70/XC70 – 2000-2007

Compact SUVs:

Hyundai ix35 – 2010-2015

Volkswagen Tiguan – 2008-2015

Medium SUVs:

Audi Q5 – 2009-2015

Honda CR-V – 2012-2015

Hyundai Santa Fe – 2006-2012

Mazda CX-7 – 2006-2012

Mitsubishi Outlander – 2006-2012

Peugeot 4007 – 2006-2012

Toyota Kluger – 2007-2013

Large SUVs:

Audi Q7 – 2006-2014

BMW X5 E53 – 2001-2006

BMW X5 E70 – 2007-2013

Mercedes-Benz ML/GL – Class W164/X164 – 2005-2011

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class W163 – 1998-2005

Volvo XC90 – 2003 – 2015

Commercial Vehicles – Utes:

Holden Colorado – 2008-2011

People Mover:

Honda Odyssey – 2004-2009


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.