In recent years, automotive technology has advanced enough to not only keep people safe in the event of an accident but prevent accidents from happening. Parking sensors, backup
The Chevy Malibu (base MSRP $21,625) comes up against some tough competition from cars like the Toyota Camry, Honda
While not exactly luxurious, the Subaru Legacy (base MSRP $21,745) offers AWD, strong performance, attractive exterior styling and a reputation of a reliable long lasting sedan at a low price. While the Legacy isn’t exactly a tech guy’s fantasy, it does feature some great safety equipment. Worth noting is the rearview camera, blind-spot and
While the muscle car era has passed, its influence will never fade. The modern Dodge Challenger (base MSRP $26,995) is a car that shows just how important that era of performance cars still is. It is a car with an affinity for pavement-ripping power like the muscle cars of old, with modern technology that allows for performance and safety unlike anything imagined back when its predecessors dominated the road. The top of the line 707 hp 6.2-liter V8 is everyone’s dream engine, but even with a 305 hp 3.6-liter V6, you can have a little fun. Power aside the Challenger comes equipped with a number of modern amenities, including multistage front, rear, side and side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, blind spot monitoring, rearview backup camera, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.
The compact car segment is full of superb vehicles right now. One of the best is the Mazda3 (base MSRP $17,845). Available as a hatchback or a sedan, the Mazda3 is a fuel-efficient, value-oriented car with some of the finest driving dynamics of anything anywhere close to the same price point. In addition to being an all-around joy to drive, the Mazda3 also features plenty of safety technology, including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert and front collision warning with automatic braking. The amount of safety tech does depend on the trim level you choose, but if you feel you need to, you can add certain optional equipment.
Of course, there’s a Volvo on this list. It only makes sense that an auto company that has built its reputation on how safe its vehicles are would have the latest, important safety innovations on it. But this car is about so much more than just safety. The Volvo S60 (base MSRP $34,150) is an attractive, sophisticated sedan with four different engine options, the biggest of which is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder (325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque). Engines and horsepower aside, the S60 is still focused on safety, decked out with three active safety systems, including City Safety for low-speed collision avoidance, Collision Warning with automatic braking and Pedestrian Detection with automatic braking. If you’re looking for a safe luxurious European sedan, the Volvo S60 is a wise choice. Sure, it's pricier than the other models here, but it's still below the average price for new cars purchased this year.