The Safest Cars Of 2014

If you’re reading this, chances are the next time you shop for a new vehicle, safety is going to be one of your top priorities.

And with federal crash-test scores printed on vehicle window stickers, and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash-test ratings now a common bragging right in advertising, bad crash-test results are a lot harder to miss than they used to be. Automakers have tuned into the idea that shoppers really do care about safety, and the safety agencies are challenging automakers to engineer better occupant protection in their vehicles—all while they need to trim weight and conform to tougher fuel-efficiency standards.

Once you’re aware of the potentially life-saving differences between a three-star rating and a five-star rating, or the range from ‘poor’ to ‘good’ (these all correspond to forces, or likelihoods of injury), it’s tough to settle for anything but

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