Safest Family Vehicles - Top Picks for 2016
|   Monday, October 03, 2016
Whenever you have a family, driving around town isn't going to be the same as it was when you were single. The kind of car you drive makes a huge difference, as does the places you drive, the time of day you are out and about, and of course the safety restraints you use in your vehicle. If you are in the process of looking for a family safe vehicle, you might be interested in the top picks for 2016 as listed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Every reputable car accident attorney in the country would recommend any of these cars that have passed the requisite crash tests. Your safety and that of your children is always of primary importance. Reputable attorneys would rather not have your business if it means the safety of your family. Check out these cars:
How Vehicles Qualify for a Top Safety Pick
There are actually five different crashworthiness tests that each vehicle must pass. These include:
1. Small overlap in front
2. Moderate overlap on the front side
3. Strength of the roof
4. Head restraints
5. How the car rates overall for a frontend collision

How cars are rated depends on their ability to at least pass all of the above tests but also, the vehicle must have superior or advanced rating on the front crash test for prevention. If vehicles have only optional front crash prevention they must at least be equipped with current technology.
Which Vehicles Made the Grade?
Actually, there are a number of categories that cars were ‘entered' in and some are just silly to consider as family vehicles. So then, if you are looking for a family vehicle the chances are slim that you'd be looking at a minicar as many are 2 seaters and wouldn't hold the appropriate state-approved child restraint seats. So starting with cars large enough to safely transport children and small enough to be considered a family vehicle, the best of the best include:
• Small Cars are the 2016 Acura ILX, Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Civic 4-dr, Kia Soul and Lexus CT 200h to name the first few.
• Midsize Cars including the Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Honda Accord 2-dr are among the top entries in this size category.
• Midsize Luxury Cars – Audi A3, BMW 2 series, Lexus ES 350 and the Volvo S60
• Large Cars – only the Toyota Avalon made the grade here!
• Large Luxury Cars – Acura RLX, Audi A6, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q70 and the Lexus RC are among the top qualifiers.
• Small SUVs start with the BMW X1, the Buick Encore and the Fiat 500X – again just the top qualifiers.
• Midsize SUVs start with the Chevrolet Equinox and then move on to the GMC Terrain and the Honda Pilot.
• Midsize Luxury SUVs are represented by Acura MDX, Acura RDX and the Audi QS.
• Large SUVs only list the Audi Q7.
• Minivans include the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey and the Sedona Minivan.
• Large Pickups – these can be categorized as family vehicles because they have the rear seat and finally Ford is represented with the F-150 extended cab.

Each of those vehicles passed all five tests and either got an advanced score on the front crash test or as mentioned above, had electronic technology to compensate.
When transporting a family in town or out on the open road, safety is always first.
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