A Roundup of 8 of the Safest Car Manufacturers of 2020 for Those in Auto Body Technician Training
The automotive industry has come a long way in safety, with advances in technology allowing manufacturers to introduce improvements year after year that make modern cars safer than ever.
To make the “top safety picks” lists of the most esteemed highway safety boards, though—a designation that can go a long way towards selling cars—automakers must receive top ratings in tests of driver and passenger-side small overlap front, roof strength and head restraint, front crash prevention, and more.
So what carmakers get the safety badge of honour for 2020? Let’s check out eight of the best!
Genesis & Hyundai
The Korean carmaker makes several “safest carmaker” lists for 2020, with its relatively new luxury Genesis division leading the charge. So far, all three of the Genesis vehicle releases have achieved top safety marks across North America, thanks to an impressive range of advanced features including auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, auto high beam headlights, and more.
Hyundai has many models in its regular lineup making safety lists too, including the 4-door Elantra in the small-car range, the mid-sized 4-door Sonata, four of its small and mid-sized SUVs—the Kona, Tuscon, Pallisade, and the Santa Fe—as well as its luxury mid-size Nexo SUV model.
Parents don’t run out in droves to buy Volvos for nothing! They trust the cars to keep their offspring out of harm’s way in the knowledge that Volvo’s been a leader in automotive safety for the last many years. The carmaker continues to ride high in this year’s top picks list, with notable safety features including traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, and driver drowsiness monitoring. The XC90 and V90 also come standard with the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system.
Bimmers aren’t just a prestige buy because of their sleek looks and impressive performance abilities. They also get top marks for advanced safety features that include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane keep assist, active lane-centering, and side collisions avoidance features. Students in auto body technician training will also be interested to hear about the advanced forward collision warning system designed to detect pedestrians and cyclists. A semi-autonomous drive system even helps the car to park itself—nice for those parallel parking nightmares!
Honda & Acura
For years, Honda has handily earned its stripes leading the way in automotive safety. The Sensing suite offered standard on many models features lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, and traffic sign recognition. Its signature LaneWatch blind spot cam also deserves a mention.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so it’s not much of a surprise that Acura also makes so many 2020 “safest carmakers” lists, sharing many of the same features as parent carmaker Honda. Its AcuraWatch safety features offerings also include emergency braking, auto high-beams, and forward collision warning technology.
Dedicated to rolling out all kinds of advanced safety features to its vast lineup, Audi impressed safety boards in 2020 by making automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection technology standard on almost all of its vehicles. Other notable advanced safety features include active lane assist, park assist, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, and night vision assist.
Subaru: the Final Top Safety Earner We Examine for Students of Auto Body Technician Training
When you think of cars that make a cakewalk of winter driving, Subaru is absolute king. A lot of that title comes from the carmaker’s famed all-wheel drive system. But as many an auto body repair technician will know, Subaru is also well known for keeping safety top of mind. Some of the carmaker’s most recent advanced safety features include its Eyesight safety suite, featuring lane departure and sway warning, pre-collision throttle management, and forward auto emergency braking. Many models also include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverser auto emergency braking, and much more.
All of these carmakers should wear their safety badges of honour proudly, as we can all use cars on our roads that make us feel safer in a year that has—let’s face it—proven to otherwise be quite bumpy so far!
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