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Five star safety in a second hand car

Published 19th September, 2018 in Transport

The latest Used Car Safety Ratings Buyer’s Guide makes it easier to choose the safest used vehicle.

Used cars

The guide rates 296 vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 2016. It identifies many of the safest vehicles under $10,000.

Vehicles are awarded a star rating of one to five, with five being the safest.

Vehicles with a five star rating for safety include:

TypeMakeModelYearsPrice guide
Large car Holden  Statesman/Caprice WM/WN 2006 – 2016 $4,000 
Large car Ford  Falcon FG/FG-X  2008 – 2016  $5,900 
Medium car  Toyota  Camry  2011 – 2016  $9,400 
Medium car  Ford  Mondeo  2007 – 2015  $2,500 
Medium car  Subaru  Liberty/Legacy/Outback  2009 – 2014  $6,800 
Small car Audi  A3  2004 – 2013  $3,100 
Small car  BMW  1 Series E81/E82/E87/E88  2004 – 2013  $3,700 
Small car  Volkswagen  Golf VII  2013 – 2016  $9,600 
Large SUV Mazda  CX-9  2007 – 2015  $9,600 
Large SUV  Mitsubishi  Pajero NT, NS, NW, NX  2007 – 2016  $9,200 
Large SUV Nissan Pathfinder R51  2005 – 2013  $8,000 
Medium SUV  Mazda CX-7  2006 – 2012  $6,100 
Medium SUV   Mitsubishi Outlander/Peugeot 4007  2006 – 2012   $4,800 
Medium SUV   Toyota Kluger/Highlander  2007 – 2013   $8,200 
Small SUV  Volkswagen  Tiguan  2008 – 2016  $6,800 
People Mover  Honda Odyssey  2004 – 2009   $4,100 
People Mover  Kia  Carnival  2006 – 2011   $5,500 
Commercial Van  Hyundai   iLoad  2008 – 2016  $8,800 
Commercial Van  Volkswagen   Transporter  2004 – 2015   $5,200 
Commercial Van  Ford  Transit  2001 – 2007   $3,200 
Commercial Ute  Ford  Ranger/Mazda BT50  2011 – 2015   $7,300 
Commercial Ute  Holden  Colorado RC  2008 – 2011   $3,200 
Commercial Ute  Ford  Falcon Ute FG/FG-X  2008 – 2016  $5,200 

Prices reflect vehicles listed on Redbook online and the age, condition and model.

A driver of the worst-rated vehicle is 10 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than a driver in the safest. Recent data shows 40 per cent of those killed were in cars 15 years or older while 15 per cent were in cars less than five years old.

Vehicles with a one star rating for safety include:

  • Hyundai Accent (years 2000 – 2006)
  • Holden Cruze (years 2002 – 2006)
  • Ford Fiesta WD (years 2004 – 2008).

These ratings were produced by Monash University Accident Research Centre in partnership with the NSW Centre for Road Safety, the NRMA and other members of the Vehicle Safety Research Group. They analysed records from more than 8 million vehicles involved in road crashes and 2 million injured road users in Australia and New Zealand between 1987 and 2016.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said driving a car with a poor rating is not worth the safety risk.

“In one of our tests, the driver of the 5 star rated Mazda Ute would have walked away unhurt. The driver of the 2 star rated Toyota would probably have received severe head and brain injuries or even been killed,” Ms Pavey said.

Find out more about used car safety ratings.

Published 19th September, 2018 in Transport
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