The sedan is a mainstay of American families, the go-to vehicle for millions of consumers. While not as large and versatile as crossovers and SUVs or as spacious as minivans, for many families a sedan not only provides necessary transportation, it’s also fuel-efficient, stylish, comfortable, roomy enough and affordable. A huge consideration in the purchase or lease of any family sedan, however, is safety. Here we take a look at 12 of the safest 2016 sedans – each a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and scoring high in overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2016 Acura ILXIt’s a compact, entry-luxury sedan that offers sporty performance, albeit not a pavement-pounder, handsome styling, a comfortable and spacious interior that’s well laid out and roomy enough in the rear for taller passengers and good fit and finish overall. The 2016 Acura ILX sedan also is the recipient of the Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. The excellent LaneWatch system shows a wide-angle camera view to the vehicle’s side and rear. A new AcuraWatch safety suite includes enhanced collision mitigation braking with pedestrian sensing, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Also widely available is a blind-spot system with rear cross-traffic monitoring.

2016 Chrysler 200Dramatically redesigned last year, the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan for 2016 is stylish, comfortable, superbly detailed on the interior, rides well (with predictable, although not remarkable, performance), and affordable. Impressive crash-test ratings from the IIHS and the NHTSA make the Chrysler 200 a compelling offering for family sedan buyers. The SafetyTec package includes optional LaneSense lane departure warning system and rear cross-path detection and full-speed collision warning plus system (including automatic braking under some situations), rain-sensing wipers and adaptive cruise control.

2016 Honda AccordIn the midsize family sedan segment, the Honda Accord has long been at the top of the consideration list. With a mild refresh, the 2016 Honda Accord continues this unbroken trend, aided by its responsive handling, composed ride, excellent fuel economy, roomy back seat, spacious trunk, well-placed controls and top safety ratings (five-star NHTSA, IIHS Top Safety Pick+). The Honda Sensing suite of driver assist features is optional (standard on Touring) and includes collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist, road-departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control. The LaneWatch blind spot display provides a passenger-side wide exterior view on the car’s multi-information display when the driver flicks on the turn signal.

2016 Mazda Mazda3 – Of the compact cars, the 2016 Mazda Mazda3 sedan is one of the best cars small families can get – for standard safety features, including and IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation (when equipped with optional crash prevention) and five-star overall NHTSA safety rating. It’s also smart looking, has excellent handling and satisfying performance. A rearview camera is standard in all ‘i’ Touring, Grand Touring and all ‘s’ models, while the Touring and Grand Touring models come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Mazda3 offers optional active-safety features including Smart City brake support, forward obstruction warning, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and adaptive front lighting.

2016 Mazda Mazda6 – Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the 2016 Mazda Mazda6 is a sleek sedan that provides sporty driving performance, a high-quality (near luxury) and comfortable interior, impressive cabin space, a roomy trunk, and excellent fuel economy. The Mazda6 earned a five-star overall NHTSA safety rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. Optional safety features include blind spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts, lane departure and forward collision warning, automatic braking (Smart City brake support) at speeds between 4-19 mph, adaptive lighting and automatic high beams.

2016 Nissan MaximaA complete redesign now distinctively separates the 2016 Nissan Maxima from the Nissan Altima. Along with a sleek exterior design, stronger 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, and a sporty suspension that’s adept at handling winding roads, the Maxima also has a roomy and comfortable interior with head and legroom more than sufficient for six-footers. Family buyers will appreciate the Maxima’s five-star NHTSA rating and Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. Optional driver-assist systems include collision mitigation braking, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and drowsy/distracted driver alert.

2016 Subaru ImprezaWith standard all-wheel drive, a flat cargo floor for easy loading, roomy rear seat, a cabin with lots of cubbies and storage places, the 2016 Subaru Impreza compact sedan really stands out for families in terms of safety.  There’s a full complement of airbags, including a seventh for driver knee protection, a rearview camera standard across the board that’s new this year. Available active-safety features include the Subaru EyeSight system, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking. The ‘superior’ rating of Impreza models equipped with EyeSight garnered the compact sedan the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. In addition, the Impreza captured an overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA.

2016 Subaru LegacyFresh off its 2015 redesign, the 2016 Subaru Legacy midsize sedan continues to attract family buyers in need of a roomy, comfortable, smooth-riding, fuel-efficient sedan that’s also high on the safety barometer. The Legacy, with its standard all-wheel drive, should satisfy any family sedan buyer’s must-have for all-weather driving safety. In fact, the safety aspects of the Legacy, in terms of accolades from the NHTSA and IIHS, are right at the top, earning a perfect five-star overall from the former and a Top Safety Pick+ from the latter. Even the base 2.5i Legacy includes a rearview camera, and buyers can opt for the acclaimed Subaru EyeSight active safety suite on all but the base model.

2016 Toyota AvalonWith its contemporary layout and look, superb cabin materials, composed and refined ride and plethora of safety equipment, the 2016 Toyota Avalon large sedan offers families just enough of the right stuff. A long list of safety features includes the usual set of airbags as well as separate rear-side thorax airbags and front knee bags. All Avalon models have a standard backup camera. A blind spot monitor is standard on Touring, while Limited sedans can be equipped with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic headlights and adaptive cruise control. When equipped with front crash prevention, the 2016 Toyota Avalon earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation.

2016 Toyota CamryIt’s modern, refined and bold looking and the 2016 Toyota Camry midsize sedan is America’s best-selling car. Updated last year, the Camry features soft-touch materials on the interior, is roomy and comfortable for both driver and passengers and has infotainment systems that are some of the best in the class. A top performer in safety, the Camry has many active safety features, including lane departure alert, a pre-collision system with automatic high beams, and a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. There’s also available adaptive cruise control. The Camry earns a five-star NHTSA crash-test rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation.

2016 Volkswagen JettaAn enormous trunk, spacious headroom, big doors, and interior room that almost makes it feel like a midsize sedan – these are stellar attributes of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan. Seating comfort is good and the cabin boasts a nice quietness. The Jetta boasts generous features, even on the base car, including a bigger touchscreen, rearview camera, advanced smartphone connections and more. For budget-conscious families, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta makes a strong value proposition. It’s also a very safe sedan, earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation (when equipped with optional front crash protection).

2016 Volkswagen PassatWith its standard rearview camera and post-collision braking system, five-star NHTSA overall safety rating and the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan offers a lot to family buyers in the form of safety. In addition, the Passat boasts above-average handling, exceptional room, a quiet ride and fuel-efficient 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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