The Most Dangerous Cars

Vehicle crash safety and standards have improved dramatically in the past few decades. About 100 people a day die in vehicle accidents in the U.S., but the per-capita number of vehicle fatalities has dropped since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was formed in the early 1970s.

Occupant fatalities from car crashes occur almost twice as often in subcompact cars and sports cars compared to the average vehicle, according to a study by car research firm iSeeCars.com.

iSeeCars analyzed fatality data from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System of model year 2013-2017 cars and more than 25 million used cars from the same model years to see which vehicles are most often involved in fatal accidents. The data show that there are 14 models that are at least twice as likely as the average vehicle to be involved in a fatal accident.

Based on the iSeeCars study, these are the most dangerous cars, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks most involved in fatal accidents.

1. Mitsubishi Mirage
1. Mitsubishi Mirage

1. Mitsubishi Mirage

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 10.2

(The average for all vehicles is 2.6.)

(MSBHY)

Photo: Mitsubishi

2. Chevrolet Corvette
2. Chevrolet Corvette

2. Chevrolet Corvette

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 9.8

Photo: Chevrolet

3. Honda Fit
3. Honda Fit

3. Honda Fit

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 7.7

(HMC)

Photo: Honda 

4. Kia Forte
4. Kia Forte

4. Kia Forte

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 7.4

Photo: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

5. Chevrolet Spark
5. Chevrolet Spark

5. Chevrolet Spark

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 7.2

Photo: Chevrolet

6. Subaru BRZ
6. Subaru BRZ

6. Subaru BRZ

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 6.9

(FUJHY)

Photo: Subaru

7. Nissan 370Z
7. Nissan 370Z

7. Nissan 370Z

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 6.2

(NSANY)

Photo: Nissan

8. Nissan Versa
8. Nissan Versa

8. Nissan Versa

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 6.1

Photo: Nissan

9. Kia Rio
9. Kia Rio

9. Kia Rio

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 5.9

Photo: Kia

10. Dodge Challenger
10. Dodge Challenger

10. Dodge Challenger

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 5.8

Photo: Dodge

11. Chevrolet Camaro
11. Chevrolet Camaro

11. Chevrolet Camaro

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 5.5

Photo: Chevrolet

12. Kia Soul
12. Kia Soul

12. Kia Soul

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 5.3

Photo: Kia

13. Hyundai Veloster Turbo
13. Hyundai Veloster Turbo

13. Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 5.2

(HYMTF)

Photo: Hyundai

14. Nissan Versa Note
14. Nissan Versa Note

14. Nissan Versa Note

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 5.2

Photo: Nissan

SUVs: Kia Sportage
SUVs: Kia Sportage

SUVs have a fatal accident rate that is 34% lower than the overall average, but compact and subcompact SUVs account for nine of the 10 vehicles on this list of SUVs with the highest fatal accident rates, with the No. 3 Lincoln MKT, which is midsize, the only exception.

1. Kia Sportage

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.8

(The average for all SUVs was 1.7.)

Photo: Ed Aldridge / Shutterstock

2. Jeep Wrangler
2. Jeep Wrangler

2. Jeep Wrangler

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.6

Photo: Jeep

3. Lincoln MKT
3. Lincoln MKT

3. Lincoln MKT

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.3

Photo: Lincoln

4. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
4. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

4. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.3

Photo: Mitsubishi

5. Buick Encore
5. Buick Encore

5. Buick Encore

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.2

Photo: Buick

6. Mitsubishi Outlander
6. Mitsubishi Outlander

6. Mitsubishi Outlander

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.2

Photo: Mitsubishi

7. Subaru Forester
7. Subaru Forester

7. Subaru Forester

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.2

Photo: Subaru

8. Nissan Rogue
8. Nissan Rogue

8. Nissan Rogue

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 2.9

Photo: Nissan

9. Honda CR-V
9. Honda CR-V

9. Honda CR-V

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 2.7

Photo: Honda

10. Chevrolet Equinox
10. Chevrolet Equinox

10. Chevrolet Equinox

Number of Cars in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 2.5

Photo: Chevrolet

Light-Duty Pickups: Nissan Frontier
Light-Duty Pickups: Nissan Frontier

These are the light-duty pickup trucks with the highest fatality rates above average.

1. Nissan Frontier

Number of Trucks in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 3.9

The average for all light-duty pickups was 2.3; the compact Nissan Frontier has a rate 1.7 times higher than average.

Photo: Nissan

2. Ram Pickup 1500
2. Ram Pickup 1500

2. Ram Pickup 1500

Number of Trucks in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 2.6

Photo: Roman Korotkov / Shutterstock

3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Number of Trucks in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 2.5

Photo: Chevrolet

4. Toyota Tacoma
4. Toyota Tacoma

4. Toyota Tacoma

Number of Trucks in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 2.3

(TM)

Photo: Toyota

5. Nissan Titan
5. Nissan Titan

5. Nissan Titan

Number of Trucks in Fatal Accidents per Billion Vehicle Miles: 2.3

Photo: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

Fatalities by State
Fatalities by State

ISeeCars also looked at fatalities by state. The car with the most frequent occupant fatalities by state went to the Toyota Yaris in Pennsylvania, where the number of these cars in fatal accidents per billion vehicle miles was 24.2. In California, the Chevrolet Corvette earned the distinction, with the number of those cars in fatal accidents per billion vehicle miles was 19.

Learn more about the methodology of this study at iSeeCars.com.

Photo: Toyota

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