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Five star safety in a second hand car

19 September 2018
The latest Used Car Safety Ratings Buyer’s Guide makes it easier to choose the safest used vehicle.
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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:

Type Make Model Years Price 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.

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