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Study finds vehicles with lowest, highest driver death rates

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted the study. (raycom) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted the study. (raycom)

A recent study finds chances of dying in a crash in a late-model vehicle have fallen drastically, but the gap between the safest and riskiest vehicles remains wide.

Eight years ago, there were no car models with a driver death rate of zero. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study, there are now nine vehicle models that recorded a driver death rate of zero.

The study examines driver death rate per million vehicles and focuses on 2011 model year cars.

Smaller cars dominate the list of highest death rate. This is not surprising considering these vehicles can't protect as well as larger ones, the IIHS points out.

IIHS credits improved vehicle design in the reduction of driver deaths and reports that two thirds of the vehicles in the zero-death list are SUVs.

Highest driver death rates per million cars:

  • Kia Rio: 149
  • Nissan Versa sedan: 130
  • Hyundai Accent four door: 120
  • Chevrolet Aveo: 99
  • Hyundai Accent: two door: 86
  • Chevrolet Camaro: 80
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew: 79
  • Honda Civic: 76
  • Nissan Versa hatchback: 71
  • Ford Focus: 70

Cars with death rates of zero:

  • Audi A4
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Kia Sorento 2WD
  • Lexus RX 350 4WD
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD
  • Subaru Legacy 4WD
  • Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WD
  • Toyota Sequoia 4WD
  • Volvo XC90 4WD

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