2023 Safest Cars

Emma Prichard

It’s 2023, and you probably want the safest car for you or a loved one. Many new models have been crash tested and have earned top safety pick awards. Here are some new cars that ensure safety for all passengers and have high safety ratings. 

The 2023 Infiniti QX 60 performed exceptionally well in the crash safety test. It is similar to the Nissan Pathfinder, but the QX 60 seems safer. It earned a good headlight score compared to the Pathfinder’s acceptable score. It’s standard features are blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts, parking sensors, lane departure warnings, automatic braking, and pedestrian detection.

Audi’s 2023 models of A3, A4, A4 allroad, A5 sportback, A6, A6 allroad, and A7, all grouped together because of similar scores, earned top safety ratings. These models standard features are forward collision warnings, automatic braking, automatic high beams, lane departure, and rear camera. Other features include parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a surround-view camera system, a hands-free parking assistant, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts. The Allroad comes with adaptive dampers which aren’t necessarily a safety feature but they help ride quality and stability.

The new Nissan Pathfinder is a top safety pick with excellent scores overall. It earned a top mark for LATCH system ease of use, which is how you insert a carseat into the vehicle. The only feature of the Pathfinder that was not scored excellent was its headlights, which earned an acceptable score. The standard features include a rearview camera, automatic high beams, driver attention warnings, front and rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear door alerts, and automatic emergency braking. You can also upgrade with Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system.

  A 2023 Subaru BRZ joined the 2022 model with a top safety pick. The award only applies to models with optional crash prevention technology. It earned good scores across the board and superior scores in crash prevention. The seatbelt anchors were too deep in the seat, so the LATCH system earned an acceptable score.

Kia’s 2023 Sportage was redesigned which brought new technologies and excellent safety scores. It earned good scores for crash tests and superior scores for crash prevention systems. Depending on the trim, the sportage’s headlights got acceptable or poor ratings. Like the Subaru BRZ the LATCH system’s anchors were too deep in the seat.

2023 Acura Integra, which is similar to the Honda Civic, earned a top safety pick + designation for its first year back on the market. It’s headlights were deemed acceptable while its front crash prevention system was superior. It’s LATCH system was acceptable. It’s standard features are standard, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and pedestrian detection. 

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Top Safety Pick award, with “Good” scores in all crash tests. The car’s headlights got an acceptable, marginal, or poor score, depending on the trim and configuration. It earned a superior score for front crash prevention and an advanced rating for vehicle-to-pedestrian. Every GTI comes with a rearview camera, but most features are held back in the added  IQ.Drive package. It has a semi-autonomous driving assistant, forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keep assist, and an emergency assist system for cars with an automatic transmission. 

These new models have excellent safety features and are some of the safest cars of 2022.