What should you most look for when buying a vehicle? Aesthetics, check. Engine power, check. Reliability, check. After sales support, check. Have you ever considered the vehicle’s safety rating?
More than the looks and the power, a car’s safety features should be paramount when looking for a vehicle. Some cars may look shiny and splendid, and they may even make others eat their dust. However, if they have an abysmal safety rating, you should really think twice before even getting on, much more buying that vehicle.
10. Jeep Patriot
The Jeep Patriot is a crossover SUV from Chrysler. This four-door vehicle first came out in 2007 and is assembled in Illinois. It has a front engine layout with either a front wheel or four wheel drive. The vehicle is based on the Chrysler PM/MK platform. The top of the line model has a 2.4-liter GEMA I4 gasoline engine mated with a six-speed Hyundai 6F24 automatic platform. Its moderate overlap frontal offset, side impact and roof strength are good, but its small overlap frontal offset is rated poor.
9. Hummer H3
The Hummer H3 is an SUV from the Hummer division of General Motors. It was in production for five years from 2005 to 2010. It was the smallest among all the models from the division. This four-door vehicle had a front engine and four wheel drive layout. Based on the GM GMT345 platform, the top of the line model had a 5.3-liter 327 CID LH8 V8 engine mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission. Its front and side were deemed acceptable, but the rear was rated as poor.
8. Pontiac G6 Convertible
The Pontiac G6 was a medium-sized vehicle produced by General Motors under its Pontiac division. The car actually had three different body styles, namely the two-door convertible, two-door coupe and four-door sedan. Based on the GM Epsilon platform, the top of the line model had a 3.9-liter L79 V6 engine mated with a six-speed automatic transmission system. The car was a subject of four recalls. For the convertible version specifically, both its side and rear were rated as marginal at best.
7. Mitsubishi Raider or Dodge Dakota
The Mitsubishi Raider is a pickup truck from Mitsubishi Motors that was largely based on the Dodge Dakota. Production was from 2005 to 2009, and it had to be cut because of disappointing sales figures. The vehicle had a front engine layout with choice of either rear or four wheel drive. Based on the Chrysler ND platform, the top of the line model had a 4.7-liter V8 engine mated with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission system. Safety was a major issue with the side rated as marginal and the rear as poor.
6. GMC Canyon or Chevrolet Colorado
The GMC Canyon or Chevrolet Colorado are compact pickup trucks from General Motors. The car first came out in 2004, with a second generation model released starting 2012. It is currently being assembled in Brazil and Thailand, though a plant will be set up in Missouri in 2015. The top of the line model has a 2.8-liter I4 diesel engine mated with a six-speed automatic transmission system. The car is based on the GMT355 platform. Also marketed as the Holden Colorado, the vehicle’s side is rated as poor, while the rear is marginal.
5. Mazda B Series or Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger first came into the market in 1983. Starting 1994, the vehicle also came to be known as the B Series from Mazda. This pickup truck remained in production all the way to 2010, though the international version remains up until now. The B Series had several safety issues, with ratings agencies criticizing its side and rear. The side was graded as marginal at best, while the rear portion of the pickup had an even worse grade after scoring poorly in tests conducted.
4. Chevrolet Aveo
The Chevrolet Aveo is a subcompact automobile with a front engine and front wheel drive layout from General Motors. The car first came into production in 2002. A second generation version was eventually released in 2012. Also marketed as the Holden Barina in Australia, the car comes in either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. The top of the line model has a 1.8-liter Ecotec Family 1 I4 engine mated with either a six-speed automatic or turbo manual transmission system. Tests have concluded that the car’s sides are marginal and the rear is poor.
3. SAAB 9-7X or Chevrolet TrailBlazer or GMC Envoy
This vehicle was marketed as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, and it shared the same elements as the GMC Envoy and the SAAB 9-7X. It was a five-door SUV with a top of the line 6-liter LS2 V8 engine mated with a four-speed automatic transmission system. The first generation was produced from 2002 to 2009 when it was discontinued. It was the subject of recall procedures because of problems in the power window and door lock switches that can cause fires. It has recently come out with a second generation. Still, the rear has been rated as marginal and the side as poor.
2. Suzuki Forenza
The Suzuki Forenza was a compact car from GM Daewoo. It first came out in 2002 in international editions and was marketed in various names, like the Daewoo Lacetti, Holden Viva, Buick Excelle and Chevrolet Nubira. It came out in the United States in 2004 after Daewoo closed down its North American operations. The car had a 2-liter, four-cylinder E-TEC II engine from Holden. The Chevrolet Cruze has since replaced it. The Forenza had been rated poorly for both its sides and rear.
1. Kia Rio or Hyundai Accent
The Kia Rio is a subcompact car from Kia Motors. It comes in either a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan. The top model has a 1.6-liter gasoline engine mated with a six-speed automatic transmission system. Both its sides and rear have been rated as poor.