Is a safe car a priority for you? Forbes has published their list of the Safest Cars of 2006. The list was formed by combining high scores on Consumer Reports accident avoidance findings with perfect scores on either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They ruled out any vehicles that were soon to go the way of the dodo bird, since that doesn’t do anything for future buyers. They ended up with just four cars on their list. Not at all surprisingly, one was a stereotypically safe Volvo.
The winners were the Acura RL, Honda Civic, Saab 9-3 and Volvo S80. The first thing that jumps out at me, though it doesn’t surprise me at all, is the obvious lack of North American models. There’s also no land yachts or personal-pseudo-military vehicles (Hummer H2) that are lined up at the pump. They may not be safe, but you could drive right over a Civic or Acura RL without even noticing.