Forbes Picks Safest Cars for 2011
Posted Monday, Jul 25, 2011 by
Forbes Magazine recently published its list of the safest cars in the 2011 model year. Not surprisingly, large and mid-size sedans dominated. No compacts or subcompacts made the list. Perhaps to the surprise of some, GM and Ford (Lincoln) were well represented, with only two German brands and one Japanese manufacturer making the cut.
According to Forbes, the nine safest 2011 car models are:
• BMW 5 Series — Large Luxury Sedan — MSRP: $45.050
• Buick LaCrosse — Large Luxury Sedan — MSRP: $26,995
• Cadillac CTS Sedan — Large Luxury Sedan — MSRP: $35,165
• Chevrolet Cruze — Small Sedan — MSRP: $16,275
• Lincoln MKS — Large Luxury Sedan — MSRP: $41,500
• Mercedes C-Class — Mid-Size Luxury Sedan — MSRP: $33,900
• Mercedes E-Class Sedan — Large Luxury Sedan — MSRP: $49,400
• Subaru Legacy — Mid-Size Sedan — MSRP: $19,995
• Subaru Outback — Mid-Size Sedan — MSRP: $23,195
Forbes made its selected based on the following criteria:
- Only cars were considered. No vans, SUVS, crossovers or pick-up trucks.
- Cars had to be a “Top Safety Pick” of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Cars had to score “good” in all front, side, rear and rollover crash tests.
- Cars had to have electronic stability control.
Only the nine vehicles listed above met all four criteria.
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