By now, you probably have heard (enough) of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) top safety picks. The IIHS provides an Academy Award worthy number of different categories, which assure that anybody can be a winner. But what are America’s most unsafe cars? This remained a secret until 24/7 Wall Street started digging.
They took the seven current-generation models that received a “marginal” or “poor” rating in two of the four categories. Then, 24/7 Wall St. combined the data with records from Consumer Reports, NHTSA crash safety ratings, and JD Power’s Initial Quality Study, to arrive on a list of “The Most Dangerous Cars in America.”
In analyzing the data, it appears that the thumbs downs are pretty much consistent. Models that rated badly in the IIHS rankings usually received similarly poor reviews elsewhere.
|Rank||Nameplate||Make||Bad ratings||2011 sales||Price||JDP IQS|
|1||Ram 1500||Dodge||side-marginal; rollover-marginal||156,983||$22,120||2/5|
|2||Colorado Crew Cab||Chevrolet||side-poor; rollover-marginal; rear-marginal||31,026||$17,475||3/5|
|6||Wrangler||Jeep||side-marginal (2-door); side-poor (4-door); rear-marginal (both)||122,460||$22,970||3/5|
Customers appear blasé about the shoddy safety of these cars. Says 24/7 Wall Street:
“The poor ratings of these models do not appear to have affected their sales. In fact, sales of all models are up from last year. In all but one case, according to data provided by Edmunds.com, sales grew at least 19% last year. And while most of these models’ sales are still below 2007 levels, sales the Jeep Wrangler not only increased the most but also jumped 50% since then.”
Now wait: Aren’t these big trucks supposed to be the epitomes of safety, whereas compacts get “I won’t put my kids in those” comments?