When it comes to braking and maneuvering, the vehicles that score the highest are most capable of avoiding a car crash. In most cases, small, sporty cars do the best in these tests while bigger trucks do the worst.
Consumer Reports frequently tests currently manufactured vehicles to score them on various skills tests, including at-the-limit cornering tests that take the vehicles through a difficult to navigate course to test avoidance maneuvering. During these tests, test drivers push the vehicles to their limits to find out just how far they can go. They also complete brake tests on dry and wet pavement to measure how fast the cars can come to a full stop.
The top scorers on the dry braking test were the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT, the Porsche 911 Carrera S, and the Porsche Boxster (base). The lowest scoring vehicles were the Toyota Tundra SR5 and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.
As for the vehicles that braked the best, they were: the Porsche 911 Carerra S, the Subaru Impreza WRX Premium and the BMW M235i. The vehicles that braked the worst were the: Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, Toyota Tundra SR5, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.
If Illinois drivers consider the fact that spending a little bit more on a high performance vehicle could save them from getting seriously injured in a car accident, they might be more willing to spend the extra money on such a vehicle. When it comes to car crashes, an ounce of safety is worth about 100,000 pounds of cure.
Car wreck damages and injuries can be costly and unaffordable for Illinois residents. If you or your loved one was hurt in a car crash due to no fault of your own, you may wish to pursue a financial claim for damages.
Source: Consumer Reports, "Best Safety Performance," accessed Oct. 16, 2015