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America's Deadliest Cars

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There are many measures to determine car safety, and one is to examine driver death rates per vehicle. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released this week identified the most dangerous cars on the road based on this measure.

Most of the models that have the highest driver fatality rates are small cars with structures that are less able to absorb the brunt of crashes. Five of the 10 cars with the most driver fatalities are hatchbacks, while three are small sedans. Meanwhile, all of the cars with the lowest driver death rates were either large luxury cars or SUVs.

According to IIHS, 4-door minicars have the worst death rate at 87 per 1 million registered vehicles, while 4-wheel drive large luxury SUVs have the lowest with six driver deaths per 1 million registered vehicles.

The data come from IIHS, a nonprofit research organization funded by auto insurers. The IIHS measured over 200 vehicles – 2014 models or equivalent – between 2012 and 2015. Only vehicles with at least 100,000 registered vehicles between 2012-2015 were considered.

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Source: Raynardo / Wikimedia Commons

20. Ford Mustang convertible
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 60
> Parent company: Ford Motor Company
> Type: Midsize sports car
> U.S. sales YTD: 30,527

Source: Wikimedia Commons

19. Dodge Avenger 2WD
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 60
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
> Type: Midsize four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: N/A

Source: Chevrolet

18. Chevrolet Impala
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 60
> Parent company: General Motors Co.
> Type: Large four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 23,235

Source: www.vw.com

17. Volkswagen Golf
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 63
> Parent company: Volkswagen AG
> Type: Small four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 4,591

Source: www.mitsubishicars.com

16. Mitsubishi Lancer 2WD
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 63
> Parent company: Mitsubishi Group
> Type: Small four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 6,053 (North America)

Source: www.hyundaiusa.com

15. Hyundai Accent (hatchback)
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 63
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group
> Type: Mini station wagon/minivan
> U.S. sales YTD: 14,763

Source: www.ford.com

14. Ford Fiesta (sedan)
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 63
> Parent company: Ford Motor Company
> Type: Mini station wagon/minivan
> U.S. sales YTD: 16,373

Source: www.hyundaiusa.com

13. Hyundai Genesis coupe
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 67
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group
> Type: Midsize two-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 814

Source: www.chrysler.com

12. Chrysler 200
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 67
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
> Type: Midsize four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 9,477

Source: Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

11. Ford Focus
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 68
> Parent company: Ford Motor Company
> Type: Small four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 49,902

Source: www.nissanusa.com

10. Nissan Sentra
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 72
> Parent company: Nissan Group
> Type: Small four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 71,669

Source: www.nissanusa.com

9. Nissan Titan Crew Cab short bed 4WD
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 73
> Parent company: Nissan Group
> Type: Large pickup
> U.S. sales YTD: 15,238

Source: www.dodge.com

8. Dodge Challenger
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 81
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
> Type: Large two-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 22,316

Source: www.kia.com

7. Kia Soul
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 82
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group
> Type: Small station wagon/minivan
> U.S. sales YTD: 33,102

Source: www.ford.com

6. Ford Fiesta (sedan)
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 83
> Parent company: Ford Motor Company
> Type: Mini four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 16,373

Source: www.nissanusa.com

5. Nissan Versa
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 95
> Parent company: Nissan Group
> Type: Mini four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 39,397

Source: www.chevrolet.com

4. Chevrolet Spark
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 96
> Parent company: General Motors Co.
> Type: Mini four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 8,840

Source: Wikimedia Commons

3. Scion tC
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 101
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Corporation
> Type: Small two-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 156

Source: www.kia.com

2. Kia Rio
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 102
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group
> Type: Mini four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 4,535

Source: www.hyundaiusa.com

1. Hyundai Accent (sedan)
> Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 104
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group
> Type: Mini four-door car
> U.S. sales YTD: 14,763

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