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Five Most Dangerous Vehicles to Drive

By Edited Mar 29, 2014 1 7

5 Extremely Dangerous Cars to Own

Sure you may have a good insurance plan, and maybe the person you get into an accident with has a good insurance plan too but the fact of the matter is, it doesn't matter how good of insurance you have if you die or are brutally injured in a car accident.

It is highly recommended that you avoid buying any of the following vehicles if safety is any sort of concern as they are considered to be five of the most dangerous vehicles on the road to be in an accident in. You can get insurance, but try getting any auto insurance quotes that will bring your loved ones back to life after a fatal accident.

5. Toyota Yaris


Toyota Yaris

While the price tag and fuel economy offered by the Toyota Yaris may be very attractive the car itself is quite dangerous. The '07-'08 four door model only received a three star NHTSA rating for side-crash tests as well as a poor rating from the IIHS. To make things even more dangerous, the car handles very poorly in emergency situations as the car is quite tail-happy causing drivers to easily lose control of the vehicle.
*added 01-20-09: The '08-'09 models now come standard with side impact airbags and have now receive a good rating from IIHS.

4. Ford Escape/ Mercury Mariner

Ford Escape

The '07 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner share the same chassis as well as a very poor rating. They both received the lowest possible score from the IIHS. The poor rating was due to bad ratings in the side impact crash test. The car has a very high risk of rollovers and lacks any stability control. In 2008 Ford updated their models to include stability control as well as front side and side curtain airbags to dramatically improve the safety of the vehicle. My recommendation? Stay away from 2007 and earlier models of the Ford Escape and the Mercury Mariner.

3. Nissan Frontier


Nissan Frontier

The '07 Nissan Frontier, while a relatively nice looking truck is an overall failure in most all of the safety departments. The Nissan Frontier, only received a three star NHTSA rating for rollovers. The King Cab model also received a three-star NHTSA rating on the frontal crash-test rating which makes this another vehicle you probably don't want to be in if you get hit head on. Finally, the Frontier also received a poor rating by the IIHS for rear impacts, the lowest rating available. To put the nail in the coffin, the Frontier doesn't come equipped with side or curtain airbags. The overall verdict, you don't want to be in an accident while in this car from any angle!

2. Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series


Ford Ranger

While the '07 Ranger seems like a relatively safe vehicle, the design has not evolved much over the years and neither have the safety features. Side airbags and curtain bags are not options and there is no model including a stability control option. To make things worse, the Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series only received a three star NHTSA rollover rating. This means that if you get in an accident you run a 20-30% risk of having your vehicle roll over. This makes the Ranger/B-Series one of the highest risk vehicles for rolling in the auto industry.

1. Buick Rendezvous


Buick Rendezvous

The '07 Buick Rendezvous was supposed to be a blend of a blend between a luxury car, an SUV and a mini van. Aside from a little fame thanks to an ad campaign featuring Tiger Woods, the Buick Rendezvous was quite the failure. The car received horrible ratings and only received 3/5 stars on a front impact rating by NHTSA. This is one car you do not want to be in if you get in a head on collision. Buick put the rendezvous to rest after the 2007 replacing it with the Buick Enclave in 2008.



Jan 20, 2009 6:55pm
The only credibility going down the tubes is yours.
Nov 11, 2011 9:06am
please don't make useless comments, you haven't even written a single article as opposed to Ryan. If there's any credibility issues here, it's yours!
Jan 20, 2009 7:20pm
The information I had to reference was 2008 and prior via Yahoo. Thanks for the direct link to the updated 2009 IIHS website. I've added it to the content.
Mar 3, 2009 2:57pm
Would love to drive one of these baddies
Apr 16, 2009 6:53am
hybrid45, you're a fool. New models have some modifications to safety equipment, but not older models - pre 2008. I've had an idiot in a Yaris drive into my 4WD while it was parked safely in a driveway. They no longer move without the aid of a wheelchair. Maybe do a little bit of UNBIASED research, rather than ignoring all information to the contrary of your beliefs.
I hope you too are in an accident in one of these vehicles, maybe you'll experience just how unsafe they are. You sure sound like a future Darwin award winner.
Nov 11, 2011 6:32am
This is a great article, But I think it may need to be updated as current productions could be given a bad name when in actual fact there safety procedures may have all been updated and been remodelled
Nov 11, 2011 6:40am
I forgot to say that I do appreciate knowing which vehicles are dangerous and buyers looking to buy a car should also do their research and understand the dangers. I hate the small cars (personal opinion) they look more dangerous because there is no protection around the driver or passengers. Maybe some are built safer, but always see the small cars very badly damaged with not much hope for people inside.
And yes big cars are dangerous too, but I still think you have a better chance, although each accident needs to be assessed individually as there are many different circumstances, speed, other vehicles etc.
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