Which auto makes get in the most fatal crashes? (2021 Results)

The top three American auto brands are involved in 39 percent of all U.S. fatal crashes combined. While the majority of U.S. vehicles in our ranking are equally likely to be involved in fatal crashes regardless of how populated the area, foreign auto brands are involved in the most fatal crashes in urban areas. To find out which auto makes get into the most fatal crashes, read the details of our three-year, in depth study below.

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UPDATED: Mar 5, 2021

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Things to Remember

  • The 2021 list of auto makes that crash the most are half American and half foreign vehicles
  • The five American auto makes accounted for 58,351 fatal crashes
  • The five foreign auto makes accounted for 38,443 fatal crashes
  • The ten auto brands in our ranking were involved in 76 percent of all U.S. fatal crashes

Auto Makes with the Most Fatal Crashes

While 36,096 may seem like the price of the most economical Tesla or a mid-level price of Bitcoin, that number bears a much more difficult reality: the number of traffic deaths in the United States in 2019.

Although decades ago the number of traffic deaths was as high as 50,000 per year, over 30,000 car drivers and passengers routinely die every year, in spite of new safety features that have made driving safer than ever.

But some auto makes result in the most fatal crashes year after year. So, which auto makes get into the most fatal crashes?

In this article, we cover the automakers involved in the most fatal crashes. You can see the worst 10 automakers in the graphic at the top of the page. It includes some heavyweights like Ford and Chevy but also lesser-known brands with fewer owners.

In the Frequently Asked Section and other parts of the article, we’ll also talk about the safest car brands, the safest cars in 2020, and the most crashed car in America. We’ll also answer the question, “Are Jeeps dangerous?”

We also know if you’re on this page, you’re likely searching for auto insurance. Check out our best auto insurance companies for 2021 page to see which company might suit your needs the best.

Ready for the ranking? Let’s dive in.

10 Auto Makes with the Most Fatal Crashes

The 10 auto makes involved in the most fatal crashes have numerous things in common. They’re well known with generally a high number of owners (a must for this type of list) and generally produce wide-ranging types of vehicles from cars to trucks.

The following graphic shows each auto make’s fatal crashes by five factors. The orange number in each category is the total number of that auto make’s fatal crashes in that factor. The blue number is the percentage that category’s fatal crashes make out of all of that auto make’s fatal crashes.

Auto Makes Fatal Crashes by Event & Location

The main differences appear in the speeding, rural road, and urban road fatalities. The spreads for those categories (lowest percentage vs. highest) are:

  • Speeding: 13-23%
  • Rural road: 34-51%
  • Urban road: 49-65%

Of course, there are many factors that influence where and when a fatal crash will occur. Intersections are much more dangerous than interstates, for instance, based on our statistics. The most fatal intersections in America account for thousands of deaths.

Now, back to the ranking. We’ll lead off our ranking with the auto make with the 10th-largest number of fatal crashes (Kia) and work our way down. Scroll down to see each auto make’s raw numbers and our specific analysis of that make.

#10 – Kia

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 2,834
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 2%

South Korean automaker Kia comes in at number 10 on this list of the auto makes that got into the most fatal crashes during our study period. During this period, 2,834 Kia vehicles were involved in fatal crashes, for 2 percent of all fatal crashes for all vehicles.

The Kia model that got into the most fatal crashes was the Optima with 591 fatal crashes. The Sorento and Soul followed close behind it with 469 and 424 fatal crashes respectively.

#9 – Hyundai

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 3,766
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 3%

South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai comes in at ninth on this list of the auto makes that got into the most fatal crashes during our study period. During that time period, Hyundais were involved in 3,766 fatal crashes or 3 percent of all fatal crashes for all vehicles.

The Hyundai Elantra was the model that got into the most fatal crashes with 1,116. The Sonata and Sante Fe were second and third with 1,035 and 505 fatal crashes respectively.

#8 – Jeep

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 4,138
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 3%

The iconic Jeep automaker comes in number eight on this list of the auto makes that get into the most fatal crashes. During our study period, Jeeps were involved in 4,138 fatal crashes or 3 percent of all fatal crashes for all vehicles.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has the most fatal crashes out of any Jeep model with 1,420. The Wrangler is the second with 1,012 fatal crashes, with the regular Cherokee coming in third at 531 fatal crashes.

#7 – GMC

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 4,533
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 4%

American auto manufacturer General Motors comes in seventh on this list with its vehicles being involved in 4,533 fatal crashes during our study period. This amounts to 4 percent of all fatal crashes for all vehicles.

The GMC model most involved in fatal crashes is the Sierra with 2,093 fatal crashes. The Yukon and Envoy come in second and third with 513 and 393 fatal crashes, respectively.

#6 – Nissan

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 7,956
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 6%

Japanese automaker Nissan comes in at number six on this list of the auto makes that get into the most fatal crashes. During our study period, Nissan autos totaled 7,956 fatal crashes or 6 percent of all crashes for all autos.

The Nissan auto that got into the most fatal crashes was the Altima with 2,248 fatal crashes.

The Sentra and Maxima had the second and third most fatal crashes at 1,092 and 648, respectively.

While fatal crashes in the United States generally have hovered in the 30,000 to 35,000 range for the past few years, there are times when all autos are at risk of being involved in fatal crashes more than usual. Holidays are one of those time periods when the risk of being involved in a fatal crash is higher than normal.

In another of our studies, the 10 deadliest holidays to drive accounted for thousands of fatal crashes, often due to drinking and driving, speeding, or other reckless behavior.

#5 – Dodge

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 7,983
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 6%

American automaker Dodge comes in fifth on this list of the auto makes that get into the most fatal crashes. During our study period, Dodge autos were involved in 7,983 fatal crashes or 6 percent of all crashes for all autos.

The Dodge model that got into the most fatal crashes was the RAM with 2,827 fatal crashes. The Charger and the Dakota were second- and third-worst with 704 and 608 fatal crashes, respectively.

#4 – Honda

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 10,969
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 9%

Japanese automaker Honda comes in at number four on this list of the auto makes that get into the most fatal crashes. During our study period, Hondas were involved in 10,969 crashes or 9 percent of all fatal crashes for all vehicles.

The deadliest Honda model was the Accord with 3,129 fatal crashes. The CR-V and Odyssey were the second and third worst models with 1,102 and 605 fatal crashes, respectively.

Aside from our deadliest auto makes, there are other factors that heavily influence fatal crashes.

One of those is where you live. Or, in particular, your state. The worst states for traffic fatalities are often in the South, so if you are passing through the Southern United States, be aware that the risk of you being in a fatal accident is higher.

#3 – Toyota

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 12,918
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 10%

Japanese automaker Toyota comes in third on this list of the auto makes that get into the most fatal crashes. During our study period, Toyotas were involved in 12,918 fatal crashes or 10 percent of all fatal crashes for all vehicles.

The Toyota Camry was the most dangerous Toyota model, involved in 3,033 fatal crashes.

The Corolla and Tacoma were second- and third-worst with 2,179 and 1,172 fatal crashes, respectively.

Toyota is not without controversy when it comes to vehicle defects, as well, selling a vehicle that accelerated all on its own, eventually resulting in 89 deaths. We cover this defect and four others in our five deadliest defects in history. Two other automakers in this ranking are also on that list.

#2 – Chevrolet

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 20,435
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 16%

American automaker Chevrolet comes in at number two of auto makes that get in the most fatal crashes. During our study period, Chevrolets were involved in 20,435 fatal crashes or 16 percent of all crashes for all vehicles.

The Chevrolet model that got into the most fatal crashes was the Silverado with 5,187 crashes. The Impala and Malibu were second- and third-worst with 1,639 and 1,514 fatal crashes, respectively.

#1 – Ford

3-Year Fatal Crash Total: 21,262
Percentage of All Fatal Crashes: 17%

American automaker Ford comes in first on this list of the auto makes that get into the most fatal crashes. During our study period, Ford autos were involved in 21,262 fatal crashes or 17 percent of all fatal crashes for all vehicles.

The Ford model with the most fatal crashes was the Ford F-150, totaling 4,427 fatal crashes. The Ford Explorer and F-250 were second- and third-worst with 1,893 and 1,710 fatal crashes, respectively.

Of course, another factor influencing the number of fatal crashes is the age group. While it’s easy to knock teenage drivers and elderly drivers for causing the most fatal crashes, our study analyzing what age group has the most fatal crashes found millennials are involved in more fatal crashes than those two age groups.

Comparing the 10 Worst Auto Makes for Fatal Crashes

So, we now know the auto makes that get into the most fatal crashes. And we know which models for each automaker are the culprits. But how do these automakers compare and contrast with specific driving situations?

As we saw in the graphic in the section previewing our ranking, there are some similarities and differences between automakers, especially between American automakers and foreign automakers. Here are the automakers by country:

  • American automakers: Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Jeep, and GMC
  • Japanese automakers: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan
  • South Korean automakers: Hyundai and Kia

Now, let’s break down each automaker by our five major fatal crash categories: speeding, at an intersection, on the interstate, on a rural road, and on an urban road.

For speeding, the percentage of fatal crashes for eight of the 10 automakers is between 13 percent and 17 percent. There are two major exceptions:

  1. 21 percent of Honda’s fatal crashes involve speeding
  2. 23 percent of Kia’s fatal crashes involve speeding

For the categories of at an intersection or on an interstate, all automakers are grouped together fairly tightly. Between 27 percent and 31 percent of all fatal crashes involving all automakers occur at intersections. 11 to 14 percent occur on interstates.

It’s in the rural versus urban environment categories that things get interesting as the numbers reveal a divide between city dwellers and rural inhabitants on what automaker to go with, perhaps due to several different reasons.

Four out of the five American automakers have just a 4 percent split or less between fatal crashes in rural environments versus urban environments.

Jeep is the automaker that bucks that trend with a 14 percent split — 43 percent of fatal crashes occurring in rural areas versus 57 occurring in urban areas.

For the foreign automakers, this “split” is much larger, even more so than the Jeep split. Of the foreign automakers, between 62 and 65 percent of fatal crashes occur in urban areas. Just between 34 and 38 percent occur in rural areas.

This may be due to several reasons. For instance, city driving involves a great deal more stops, braking, turns, and traffic, all aspects that put pressure on a car, causing it to burn more fuel. Foreign automakers, at least the ones listed, tend to produce cars with better fuel economy than American automakers.

The “iconic” and often most-popular type of vehicle is for American automakers is the pickup truck. This is suited well for rural environments where drivers might need to haul goods. Companies may use these pick-up trucks at construction sites as well.

Finally, there could be a cultural difference, in which rural Americans would rather purchase a vehicle from an American automaker. But that is an unknown variable, at least in this study.

The following interactive graph compares the 10 auto makes involved in the most fatal crashes in a new direction: fatal crashes per year. Place your cursor above a color (if you’re on a laptop or desktop computer) or press down on a color with your finger (if you’re on mobile) to see each year’s statistics for each of the 10 auto makes.

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All but three of our auto makes had their worst year (in terms of fatal crashes) in the first year of our study. The three that did not were Nissan, Hyundai, and Kia. Overall, the first year of our study was the worst year for our 10 worst auto makes with 32,935 fatal crashes.

Now, we already can anticipate your question: Yes, Fords are at the top of the list for auto makes involved in fatal crashes. However, they are one of the most popular brands in America. How does this ranking look when you use a grounding statistic to level the playing field?

Scroll down to the next section to find out.

Fatal Crash Comparison by Manufacturer Sales

One of the most important parts of these kinds of studies is to “ground” the data and level the playing field. While we could not find hard measures like the number of registered vehicles per brand on the road, we did find sales data per brand, courtesy of GoodCarBadCar (GCBC).

Take a look at the graph below. You’ll find the number of fatal crashes adjusted by total sales for nine of our 10 most dangerous auto makes (GCBC did not have sales data for Kia). The higher the number, the more fatal crashes the auto make had compared to its total sales.

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Immediately, there’s a surprise: Dodge, in spite of being in the middle of our overall ranking, jumps to the top and by a large margin (over three more fatal crashes compared to the nearest competitor). Chevy, Ford, and GMC follow next.

The four largest American brands, all of which are iconic, have higher fatal crash per sales data ratios compared to all of the foreign automakers. This may hint at a wider fissure between the top American brands and foreign brands regarding overall safety.

Fatal Crash Trends for All Top Auto Brands

For this study, we looked at 51 automakers. They ranged from the large to the small, to the cheap to the uber-expensive, to those with over 21,000 fatal crashes during our study period to those with just one fatal crash.

The following interactive graph shows each of those 51 auto makes and the percentage of their fatal crashes made up out of all the fatal crashes for all makes.

The graph is alphabetical with six buttons on top that take you through all of the automakers based on their names.

Right off the bat, our 10-worst auto makes show how many fatal crashes they are involved in versus the smaller auto makes who really don’t have much of an impact. In the parentheses next to each automaker, you can see the total fatal crashes it was involved in for each year measured in our study.

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The distribution of the number of fatal crashes per automaker was tilted very much toward the top: There were just four automakers involved in more than 10,000 fatal crashes during the entire study period and five automakers involved in less than 10. Here’s the distribution:

  • 10,000+ fatal crashes: four automakers
  • 9,999 – 1,000 fatal crashes: 21 automakers
  • 999 – 100 fatal crashes: 12 automakers
  • < 100 fatal crashes: 14 automakers

Expensive brands, likely due to the smaller number of owners of their vehicles, were clustered toward the bottom: Rolls Royce (one fatal crash), Ferrari (nine fatal crashes), Lamborghini (10 fatal crashes), and Maserati (17 fatal crashes), just to name four.

The intersection of popularity and the number of owners per brand is certainly a factor in these rankings. Safety features like rearview cameras, warnings for lane drifting, blind spot warnings, and more also play a role in determining how safe a vehicle is.

Safety rating organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) contribute to a particular automaker model’s perceived safety as well.

An important note we should make is that we eliminated Harley Davidson from this study because it only produces motorcycles, which are inherently more risky than cars. If we would’ve included it, it would have placed seventh on our list of the most dangerous auto makes.

Our article comparing car vs. motorcycle accidents (+fatality rates) shows just how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be.

American vs Foreign Automaker Fatal Crash Results

If there is one thing this study reveals, and a great deal can be drawn from it, it is the differences in fatal crashes in rural versus urban areas show just where American automakers are more popular than foreign automakers and vice versa.

Four out of the five American automakers see an almost equal split between fatal crashes in rural versus urban areas, while foreign automakers see the majority of their fatal crashes in urban areas.

While it might be easy to judge this as an “American heartland” versus “city people” debate, there are actual technology and utility uses that may influence someone to purchase a foreign-made vehicle in the city and an American-made vehicle in the country.

Part of this, no doubt, is due to gas economy. Foreign-made cars have the reputation of saving energy, which for people already living in a higher cost of living area, would be appealing. The constant stops, starts, braking, and accelerating in an urban environment put weight on vehicles that drain gas. Better fuel efficiency saves money. That’s the bottom line.

Drivers in rural areas might have utility needs that require the big trucks American automakers promote: the F-150s, Dodge RAMs, and Chevy Silverados. Moving a great deal of equipment, working in construction areas, or towing other cars or items requires a truck or another vehicle with major horsepower. So city drivers and country drivers have different needs that may require different vehicles.

Hence the difference in fatal crashes (and assumed amount of time spent) in rural versus urban environments. Now, it’s time to hear from the thought leaders and see what they have to say about this issue: the worst auto makes for fatal crashes and what can be done to solve this problem.

Technology’s Effect on Auto Brands and U.S. Roads

You’ve heard from us and digested the statistics. Now it’s time to hear from some of the most experienced members in the driving and auto community. Two are personal injury lawyers with decades of experience. Another is the voice of a family-owned auto parts company.

Three voices, three perspectives: What do they have to say? Scroll down to find out.Advice from Experts in Country

Over the past 10 years, how have automakers tried to make their vehicles safer?

“Advanced technology and improved structural design have made cars safer. Every automaker has been striving to manufacture vehicles with the latest technology available.

Human beings are prone to errors, and at times these errors can cost us our lives. Additionally, some things are beyond our control; for instance, you can’t control what you can’t see. This is where technology comes in — to help us drivers take full control of our cars.

Nowadays, cars are ‘talking’. You can now find blindspot warnings, autonomous driving, parking assist, pedestrian detection, stability control, automatic lights, airbags, bumpers, and smart seatbelts. The list is endless.”

What sort of technology have these automakers developed to decrease the likelihood of a fatal crash involving one of their vehicles?

“Advanced driver assistance systems have played a major role in decreasing the number of fatal crashes among vehicles. These systems consist of sensors and cameras that enable a vehicle to detect possible collisions and alert the driver of the same.

Blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and lane-departure warnings are just some of the crash avoidance technologies in place in many modern cars.”

Are some companies ahead of the curve more than others when prioritizing safety in their vehicles rather than others?

“I would say, yes. Some manufacturers focus on safety, others focus on luxury, while others focus on both.

For instance, Hyundai Motor Group, which consists of Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia brands, is known for producing the safest cars. Volvo was the first company to produce cars with three-point safety belts.”

What are some public policy or legal tools societies can implement to promote safer driving?

“Driver education programs should be implemented to educate drivers on safe driving practices like risk assessment and defensive driving. Graduated driver licensing systems will also help in promoting safer driving by only issuing licenses to skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced drivers.

Enforcing speed limits will also help in minimizing road fatalities, thus promoting safer driving. Customized policies will help drivers to understand road rules better and faster. Also, the drivers must be enlightened on the benefits of the set policies.”

Darren TobinDarren Tobin is a personal injury lawyer at his firm, Tobin Injury Law.
He specializes in wrongful death and auto accident cases.


“The most common vehicle involved in fatal accidents is the Ford F-150. However, it’s also the most common vehicle, period. For more than 30 years, the F-150 has outsold every other vehicle on the market in the US. When you adjust collision data with sales data, the Ford Fiesta actually ranks the highest in overall deaths per units sold.

Safety advancements in the last decade have been largely automated by new sensors and automated processes. For example, many modern vehicles can apply the brakes automatically in emergency situations, greatly reducing the risk of collision.

Additional sensor-based features like parking assist systems and blind-spot warning lights now come standard, after being unheard of as recently as 2010.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most useful and effective safety features on the market. All major automakers either include this feature or have announced plans to include it on all models by 2020.

The brands that consistently position themselves ahead of the curve are luxury brands that strive to deliver all the latest and greatest features to their customers. The first brands to enter the market with AEB were Mercedes-Benz and Tesla, with Audi and Volvo following suit a year later.

Among the best-known tactics for reducing collisions is to limit distracted driving. Unfortunately, this can be more easily said than done. Texting and phone usage are banned in many states, and yet often drivers continue to use their phones while driving. Other measures of reducing collisions like better lighting and rumble strips can also help to keep drivers alert.

In addition to adding rumble strips and updated signage, the state of Illinois is working to reduce collisions by replacing four-way intersections with roundabouts where possible. Studies show roundabouts are as much as 75 percent safer than four-way intersections.”

Jake McKenzieJake McKenzie is the Content Manager for Auto Accessories Garage.
This family-owned business sells automotive parts and accessories.


Over the past 10 years, how have automakers tried to make their vehicles safer?

“Auto manufacturers are adding more active safety systems to their cars, such as Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Pedestrian Detection (PD). There’s also been an increase in advertising these features.

For example, Subaru has been promoting the all-around safety features of their Forester model, which includes Rear Vehicle Detection (RVD), Hazard Avoidance, and Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB). Overall, companies want to make a vehicle that drives well and is safe.”

What sort of technology have these automakers developed to decrease the likelihood of a fatal crash involving one of their vehicles?

“I mentioned a few above but some other car safety technology that has been developed includes:

High Beam Assist: Where a vehicle intuitively turns on or turns off high beams based on driving conditions.

Lane Departure Warning: This is a feature that alerts drivers if their vehicle starts to drift out of the current lane. It’s something that’s proven to be helpful, especially for tired or distracted drivers.

Steering Responsive Headlights: A preventive feature that focuses your headlights in the direction of your steering wheel for better visibility.”

Are some companies ahead of the curve more than others when prioritizing safety in their vehicles rather than other features?

“Based on data from Consumer Reports, brands like Chrysler, Dodge, and GMC are a bit behind the curve in their offerings. On the other hand, brands like Subaru, Honda, Mitsubishi, Audi, and Cadillac are making it a standard option for most of their vehicles.”

What are some public policy or legal tools societies can implement to promote safer driving?

“Creating policies that cater to technological advances like self-driving and electric vehicles would be a great start to promote safer driving. However, there are also more traditional avenues, like safe driving campaigns, that can be used.”

Specifically, what are your community, city, or state doing to promote better auto safety?

“The Texas Department of Transportation (Tx Dot) launched an ongoing campaign in 2019, entitled #EndTheStreakTX, with a goal to end daily deaths on Texas roadways. The grassroots initiative started as a result of reaching 20 years of daily deaths on Texas roads, and the hope is to cut this number in half by 2035.”

What toll do fatal crashes have on our legal and insurance industries?

“Fatal crashes have an enormous impact on the insurance industry. The reason is simple — the value of a life is so much higher than the value of a standard minor injury claim. So, if more lives are saved by the invention and implementation of safety features, there will be fewer high-value death claims.

This not only benefits society but also can directly benefit the insurance companies, as they will pay out less on claims.”

When you purchase a new or used car, how high is safety a priority in your vehicle selection process?

“Whether it’s a new or used car, safety should always be a top priority. Of course, the cost is a factor, but owning (or leasing) a safe vehicle should never be compromised.”

Mark AndersonMark Anderson is a Personal Injury Lawyer at Anderson Injury Lawyers.
For over 20 years, he’s fought for fair compensation from insurance providers.

Complete Study Results for All Major Auto Makes

If you don’t drive a vehicle from any of the automakers in the 10 worst auto makes for fatal crashes ranking, you might be anxious to see where your automaker stands. The following table shows all 51 automakers we surveyed along with their number of fatal crashes during our study period.

U.S. Auto Make Fatal Crash Statistics
RankAuto Brand3-Yr Fatal Crash TotalPortion of All Crashes
1Ford21,26216.7%
2Chevrolet20,43516.0%
3Toyota12,91810.1%
4Honda10,9698.6%
5Dodge7,9836.3%
6Nissan7,9566.2%
7GMC4,5333.6%
8Jeep4,1383.2%
9Hyundai3,7663.0%
10Kia2,8342.2%
11Chrysler2,6222.1%
12Buick2,2271.7%
13Suzuki2,0721.6%
14Yamaha1,9301.5%
15Pontiac1,7631.4%
16Mazda1,6551.3%
17Ram1,5981.3%
18Kawasaki1,5411.2%
19BMW1,5261.2%
20Volkswagon1,5231.2%
21Mercedes-Benz1,3101.0%
22Lexus1,2981.0%
23Cadillac1,2901.0%
24Acura1,1260.9%
25Mercury1,0910.9%
26Mitsubishi9580.8%
27Lincoln9560.7%
28Infiniti9330.7%
29Saturn8800.7%
30Audi4730.4%
31Oldsmobile3840.3%
32Volvo3740.3%
33Mini1750.1%
34Land Rover1690.1%
35Polaris1630.1%
36Jaguar1400.1%
37Plymouth1000.1%
38Hummer940.1%
39Porsche930.1%
40Saab650.1%
41Tesla620.0%
42Smart320.0%
43Maserati170.0%
44Roadmaster170.0%
45Lamborghini100.0%
46Spyder100.0%
47Ferrari90.0%
48Titan40.0%
49Keystone10.0%
50Rolls Royce10.0%
51Western10.0%

As you can see, some autos get in so few fatal crashes that they are actually below 0.1 percent of all fatal crashes for all autos from during our study period.

While American automakers are at the top of the list in terms of fatal crashes (indicating their popularity as well), there are numerous foreign automakers on the list, suggesting that some foreign models might be safer than American models, even after taking into account the dangers of city driving.

Frequently Asked Questions: Vehicle Brand Safety and Price

Now that we’ve covered the most dangerous auto makes, the differences and similarities between them, and heard from some of the most experienced people in the field, it’s time to answer your frequently asked questions. The questions include:

  • What color car is the safest?
  • What car is safest in a crash?
  • What color car looks most expensive?

Scroll down for the answers to those questions and more.

#1 – What is the safest car brand?

Although it is difficult to come up with the legitimate “most safe” car brand, there are a few that stick out. Volvos, Audis, and Genesis are known for producing safe cars with numerous safety features, including those that are cutting edge or brand new.

#2 – What color car is the safest?

Studies have found that white cars are the safest, having a considerably much lower chance of being involved in an accident. Aside from the psychological possibilities of owners of white cars being less prone to risk, the white color also offers a sharp contrast compared to the surrounding environment, which is good during periods of precipitation or bad weather.

#3 – What are the easiest cars to steal?

The easiest cars to steal year after year tend to be cars that are old (models being around the early 2000s or late 1990s). The reason behind this is that these cars lack the anti-theft technology to combat car thieves, are often susceptible to basic theft skills like using a shaved key or hotwiring a car.

Later models come with better anti-theft technology, which reduces the likelihood that they will be stolen.

#4 – What car is safest in a crash?

According to the IIHS, the safest cars as of the last couple of years have been mid-sized SUVs. Part of the reasoning behind this is these vehicles are fairly large and can absorb a lot of damage in a car crash, minimizing the physical harm risk to its occupants. In other words, in many cases, it dishes out more than it takes.

#5 – Is Audi better than Lexus?

When it comes to the Audi and the Lexus (the battle of the superpower luxury brands) it’s difficult to go wrong. And while there are similarities between the models each brand roles out, there are differences in terms of feel, comfort, driving capabilities, warranties offered, safety features, and more.

It’s really a matter of taste and what you (as the buyer) consider important. Either way, expect to shell out quite a large amount of money.

#6 – What is the safest family car?

Like with the question about the safest vehicles, the safest family cars are mid-size SUVs. This is in large part because they have a lot of weight and power, so when they are involved in an accident, the smaller car takes most of the damage while the SUV remains mostly unscathed.

#7 – What color car looks most expensive?

Forget what looks expensive: What is the most expensive in terms of dollars and cents? The answer to this question is without a doubt “red,” as red cars are often sold for hundreds of dollars more than the same models in different colors. Psychology suggests women are attracted to black cars while men are attracted to red cars.

Methodology: Finding Which Auto Makes Crash (and Kill) the Most

For this study, our researchers looked at authoritative data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine which auto makes were involved in the most fatal crashes between 2017 and 2019.

The release date for the data covering 2019, the final year in our study, was December 18, 2020, and is the most recent data available for fatal crashes per auto make.

Our statisticians collected in-depth data about 51 automakers from all around the world: any that registered even one fatal crash in the United States for that study period.

Our researchers then summed the number of fatal crashes each automaker was involved in from 2017 to 2019 and calculated what percentage each automaker’s number of fatal crashes made up out of the whole.

After those calculations, our experts created our ranking. The total number of data points they analyzed in this study was a little over 127,000.

Previous Results for the Auto Make Fatal Crash Study

10 Worst Auto Makes for Fatal Crashes: 3-Year Trend
Fatal Crashes by Brand and Vehicles Sold
Fatal Crashes and Portion of Total by Auto Make
10 Worst Auto Makes for Fatal Crashes: 3-Year Trend
Fatal Crashes by Brand and Vehicles Sold
Fatal Crashes and Portion of Total by Auto Make