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Find the Safest Sedans of 2017 for Your Family

They're Tops in Crash Tests and Offer Active Safety Features


Here are the safest sedans of 2017 for your family. For more details, read on:

If you're shopping for a new family sedan, safety is undoubtedly high on your list of must-haves. But it's not always easy to sort out which sedans are the very safest, and we bring you this list to make the job easier. It shows the 2017 sedans that have received both the highest rating, Top Safety Pick+, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) andthe top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 5-Star Safety Ratings testing. NHTSA does not test all cars, however, so we've also included 2017 sedans that have not been tested by NHTSA but that have received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Of course, all the sedans on this list have the safety equipment that federal law requires, including front-seat airbags for the driver and front passenger, tire-pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability control (ESC). ESC incorporates antilock brakes and traction control.

We've also listed some of the key safety features in each car and safety-related extras that might interest you. When Edmunds has tested a vehicle, we show the results of our own brake tests. The cars are listed alphabetically within three size groups: compact, midsize and large sedans. We've also included four-door hatchbacks, such as the 2017 Toyota Prius and the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, that meet our "safest" criteria.

Compact Sedans

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the Driver Confidence II package with the Premier trim)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: The optional advanced safety features are part of the Driver Confidence II package, available only on the Premier trim level with the Driver Confidence I package.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Chevrolet Volt came to a stop from 60 mph in 119 feet, which is average for the class.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the Ultimate package and adaptive HID projector headlights in the Limited trim with the Ultimate package; applies only to sedans built after March 2016)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag

Optional:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rearview camera

Something extra: Forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive headlights and other advanced safety features are part of the Ultimate package, which requires the Tech package and is only available on the Limited trim level.

Edmunds brake testing: Not rated

2017 Mazda 3

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the i-Activsense package and adaptive LED projector headlights in the Grand Touring trim equipped with the Premium Equipment package and i-Activsense)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: New for the Mazda 3 in 2017 is Mazda's G-Vectoring Control, a sophisticated system that improves handling and can provide better control in emergency situations.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Mazda 3 came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, which is average for the class.

2017 Toyota Corolla

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Hill start assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • None

Something extra: All of the advanced safety features are part of the Toyota Safety Sense P system, which is now standard equipment on the Corolla.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Corolla LE with the standard rear drum brakes (rear disc brakes are standard on higher trim levels) stopped from 60 mph in 130 feet, which is longer than average for the class.

2017 Toyota Prius

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (applies only to vehicles built after March 2016)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Hill start assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: Also available is Toyota's Safety Connect subscription service, which includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Toyota Prius came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, which is average for the class.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in SEL and SEL Premium trims and adaptive HID projector headlights in SEL Premium trim and Sport trim with Lighting package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: The available Volkswagen Car-Net system includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing, which allows parents to set boundaries for teenage drivers.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Jetta SE came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is shorter than average for the class.

Midsize Sedans

2017 Audi A3

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional automatic LED projector headlights in Prestige trim and Premium Plus trim with LED Lighting package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Rear-seat side airbags
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist

Something extra: The LED Lighting package, available with the Prestige and Premium Plus trim levels, replaces the standard HID headlights with automatic LED projector headlights.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, an all-wheel-drive 2017 Audi A3 came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is a shorter than average for the class.

2017 Audi A4

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with automatic LED projector headlights in Prestige trim equipped with Driver Assistance package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Rear-seat side airbags
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist

Something extra: The available Audi Connect system in the Technology package provides automatic crash notification, SOS emergency response, geo-fencing alerts (for location, speed and curfew) and a stolen vehicle locator.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Audi A4 Quattro with optional summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 99 feet, which is much shorter than average for the class.

2017 BMW 3 Series

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in Driver Assistance Plus package and adaptive LED reflector headlights in Lighting package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags

Optional:

  • 360-degree camera
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rearview camera

Something extra: BMW Assist emergency communications system is standard and includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and on-demand roadside assistance.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 BMW 328i xDrive came to a stop from 60 mph in 113 feet, which is better than average for the class.

2017 Honda Accord

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the Honda Sensing package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist

Something extra: The available Honda Sensing package — which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist — can be added to all Accord trim levels.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Honda Accord EX-L came to a stop from 60 mph in 117 feet, which is shorter than average for the class.

2017 Lexus ES 350

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional automatic LED projector headlights)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: Also standard is the Lexus Safety Connect system, which includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assistance button.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Lexus ES 350 came to a stop from 60 mph in 130 feet, which is a longer than average for the class.

2017 Mazda 6

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in Touring trim and Grand Touring trim and adaptive LED projector headlights in Grand Touring trim and Touring trim equipped with Touring Premium package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Hill start assist
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection

Something extra: The available Traffic Sign Recognition system is able to detect and read such indicators as speed limit signs, stop signs and "do not enter" signs, and display them on the vehicle's Active Driving Display. In some situations, such as if you're exceeding the speed limit, the system might also sound a warning.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Mazda 6 came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, which is average for the class.

2017 Nissan Altima

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash prevention in Technology package and LED projector headlights in 2.5 SR trim with LED Appearance package, 2.5 SL trim with Technology package, 3.5 SR trim and 3.5 SL trim)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbag

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: The available NissanConnect system includes automatic collision notification, emergency assistance and stolen vehicle location services.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Nissan Altima stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is slightly below average for the class.

2017 Nissan Maxima

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ( with optional front crash protection in Technology package and LED projector headlights in SR trim, SR midnight trim and Platinum trim)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • 360-degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Driver drowsiness alert
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: The available Active Trace Control system can help drivers maintain control in corners by automatically applying the brake at each wheel as required.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum with all-season tires stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is slightly below average for the class.

2017 Subaru Legacy

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional front crash protection in the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package and adaptive HID headlights in 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trim levels equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Front-seat cushion airbags
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: The available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package, which includes most of the advanced safety features, can be added to all Legacy trim levels except the base 2.5i.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium stopped from 60 mph in 114 feet, which is shorter than average for the class.

2017 Toyota Camry

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ( with optional front crash protection in Technology package and halogen projector headlights in the XLE, XSE, and Hybrid XLE trims with the Technology package)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • Rear-seat side airbags

Optional:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Hill start assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: The available Toyota Safety Connect subscription system includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.

Edmunds brake testing: Not rated

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating: Not rated

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Passenger seat cushion airbag
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Hill start assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rearview camera

Optional:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Something extra: The available Toyota Safety Connect system includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.

Edmunds brake testing: Not rated

2017 Volvo S60

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (with optional adaptive HID projector headlights in Dynamic trim and Inscription trim with Technology package, Polestar trim, Inscription Platinum trim and R-Design trim)

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Pedestrian detection with automatic braking

Optional:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rearview camera
  • Driver drowsiness alert

Something extra: Also standard is Volvo's On Call system, which includes emergency assistance, automatic crash notification and stolen vehicle assistance.

Edmunds brake testing: In Edmunds testing, a 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E stopped from 60 mph in 120 feet, which is average for the class.

Large Sedans

2017 Genesis G80

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rear-seat side airbags
  • Active head restraints
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection
  • 360-degree camera
  • Driver drowsiness alert

Optional:

  • None

Something extra: Also standard is the Genesis Connected Services system, which includes an SOS button, vehicle locator, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and remote start, stolen vehicle slowdown/immobilization/recovery and turn-by-turn navigation.

Edmunds brake testing: Not rated

2017 Genesis G90

Safest Sedans for 2017

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

NHTSA 5-Star overall rating

Key Safety Features

Standard:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Rear-seat side airbags
  • Active head restraints
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pedestrian detection
  • 360-degree camera
  • Driver drowsiness alert

Optional:

  • None

Something extra: Also standard is Genesis Connected Services, which includes an SOS button, vehicle locator, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and remote start, stolen vehicle slowdown/immobilization/recovery and turn-by-turn navigation.

Edmunds brake testing: Not rated

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