Five of the Safest Car Brands of 2018

One of the most important decisions you'll make is your car purchase.

Most people look at the appearance and performance first. However, we believe that the most crucial factor you need to know about is the car's safety rating. It helps keep you and your family safe, and it's even more important with used cars.

After all, you want to avoid accidents but ensure your safety if they do occur. Features like seat belts, air bags, and seat design all make a difference.

In order to make the best purchase possible, you'll want to know which cars are the safest to come out this year. Read on to find out the five safest car brands of 2018.

1. Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded most of their top safety awards to one manufacturer: Hyundai.

Two midsize SUVs were awarded, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. They are in a highly competitive category, the Top Safety Pick +. Criteria for this award include passing a headlight test and passenger protection. This latter comes after the institute said it was clear that manufacturers were improving driver side protection but neglecting the passenger side.

2. Kia Optima

Also owned by the Hyundai company, Kia earned plenty of awards for the safest cars 2018 had to offer.

The Kia Optima has the highest possible ratings on both its crash prevention system and passenger-side crash test. In addition to its safety ratings, it also has a comfortable cabin and robust tech features.

All Optimas come with the ability to control your smartphone using the car's touchscreen. Both Android Auto and Apple Car Play are supported.

3. Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has many safety features that come standard, making it a good choice among midsize cars. Its safety technology includes a rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control. There's also lane departure warning to help you out.

Like the Hyundai Sante Fe, it earned an award of Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.

4. Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai ranks as one of the safest car brands available, with another entry on the list, the Elantra.

It passed the passenger crash test with flying colors and was upgraded to the highest available safety rating. It also has a strong front crash-prevention system. Additionally, drivers and passengers get spacious seats, as well as a huge amount of trunk space.

5. Hyundai Sonata

The 2018 Sonata is the safest new car in the midsize sedan range and is larger than the Elantra. Like the Elantra, it provides a smooth and comfortable ride, and this year's Sonata also boasts better cornering.

How to Choose from the Safest Car Brands

Once you've narrowed down your choice of the safest car brands, make sure to check that the safety features are included. Some, like crash avoidance, are available as optional extras.

The safety of your car is vital to the lives of both you and your loved ones. It's important to buy from a dealership you can trust to go above and beyond for you. For Rochester, NY and its surrounding areas, check out our dealership.

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