Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Favorite Handful of the 10 Safest New Cars in the World

AutoGuide has an entire Top 10 list, but a few of my favorite new vehicles are the following:

8. 2014 Honda Accord

Both the Honda Accord coupe and sedan have received a NHTSA five-star overall safety rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. The sedan is priced from $22,745 while the coupe starts at $24,415. For power, the base model Accord comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque while the more powerful V6 offers 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque... Fuel economy when equipped with the four-cylinder engine and a CVT tops out at 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway while the V6 nets 21 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

5. 2014 Infiniti Q50

If you’re shopping for a safe and luxurious sedan, the Infiniti Q50 is a good starting point. Essentially a next-generation G37 sedan – though the G37 sedan is still being offered – the Q50 comes with a 3.7-liter V6 under the hood with 328 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. In terms of fuel economy, the Q50 gets 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and sports a starting price tag of $38,055.

2. 2014 Subaru Legacy

Starting from $21,090, the 2014 Subaru Legacy is equipped with a 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine as standard with with 173 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Available as an option is a more powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine with 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder is good for 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway while the six-cylinder nets a 18-mpg city, 25-mpg highway rating.

1. 2014 Volvo S60

Always known for its safety, the 2014 Volvo S60 lives up to the brand’s reputation. The 2014 Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while the all-wheel-drive T5 is equipped with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 250 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

The range-topping T6 sports a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood with 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy with the Drive-E powerplant comes in at 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway while the five-cylinder nets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. As for the T6, it gets an attractive 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E starts at $34,225.

You can see the entire Top 10 list here.

Hat tip: BadBlue Car News.

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