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Top Rated Used Cars for Safety Features

It you're buying from the newer end of the used car spectrum (2014 and up), there are a lot of cars with features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, collision avoidance and more.

Top Rated Used Cars for Safety Features

Just because you're buying a previously owned car doesn't mean you have to give up the comfort, convenience, and especially safety of a newer car. As long as you're buying from the newer end of the used car spectrum (2014 and up), there are a lot of great cars offering features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, surround-view cameras, collision avoidance, emergency braking, and more.

This list includes some of the best options available for a lightly-used but safety-packed car. Whether you're looking for deals on Craigslist and eBay or with Instamotor, you're sure to find one of these cars that suits your need and your budget. Listed below you'll find some of the top active and advanced safety features available today, and the more affordable used cars that offer them.

As with any specific vehicle feature, most of these systems are optional add-ons, often as part of an included package. If any of these systems is a must-have in your next car, be aware that not all examples of the listed vehicles will be equipped with that feature, so be sure to find the features you want on the specific car you're after.

Head-Up Display

The head-up display is an increasingly popular, but not yet common, safety feature. By putting key information such as speed and navigation directions in the driver's line of sight through the windshield, it helps keep attention on the road and any potential safety hazards.

  • 2014-present Mazda3
  • 1999-present Chevrolet Corvette
  • 2011-present Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2013-present Ford Fusion (limited to a flashing warning from the Pre-Collision Alert system)
  • 2015-present Hyundai Sonata
  • 2013-present Buick LaCrosse
  • 2012-present Toyota Prius
  • 2014-present MINI Cooper

Lane-Keeping

Lane-departure warning systems have been around since 2004, but in the past few years, lane-departure warning systems, and their smarter cousins, lane-keeping systems, have begun to make their way into the broader car market at much more affordable prices. While different manufacturers' systems employ a variety of methods, the end goal is the same: to keep your car from drifting out of its lane or at least alert the driver when it's about to happen. Some systems are better than others, and none are perfect, but they all increase safety, especially when driving long hours, when tired, or at night. Basic lane-departure warning systems have been widely available on most mainstream vehicles since 2013, so this list focuses on the more advanced lane-keeping assist systems that actually help steer the car back into the lane.

Lane Keeping

2013-present:

  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Fusion
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Toyota Prius

2014-present:

  • Acura RLX
  • Acura MDX
  • Ford Taurus
  • Toyota Prius

2015-present:

  • Acura TLX
  • Acura MDX
  • Chrysler 200
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford F-150
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Mazda6
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Volkswagen Passatt

Blind Spot Monitoring

Perhaps the most common of the advanced safety features, blind spot monitoring is evolving beyond basic sensors and a little flashing light in the mirror. Now cameras are being brought into play, with displays that don't just warn of an object in the blind spot area, but show you exactly what's going on. Some of the systems even go a step beyond, leveraging the sensors and cameras to also add features like cross traffic alert.

  • 2010-present Ford Fusion & Fusion Hybrid
  • 2010-present Ford Escape & Escape Hybrid
  • 2010-present Ford Flex
  • 2011-present Ford Explorer
  • 2012-present Ford Focus
  • 2015-present Honda: All models - Honda Lane Watch video blind spot monitor
  • 2013-present Nissan Altima, Quest
  • 2014-present Nissan Rogue
  • 2012-present Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban
  • 2014-present Chevrolet Cruze, Impala, SS, Traverse
  • 2008-present Mazda CX-9
  • 2009-present Mazda6
  • 2014-present Mazda3
  • 2014-prsent Subaru - models equipped with optional EyeSight system

Adaptive Cruise Control

If you've ever been stuck in heavy traffic that just can't seem to find a flow, you'll love adaptive cruise control. All you have to do is set the highest speed you'd like to travel, and the system will automatically adjust the car's speed below that mark, keeping an appropriate distance as traffic accelerates and slows.

  • 2006-2012 Acura RL, MDX, ZDX
  • 2014-present Acura RLX, MDX
  • 2015-present Acura TLX, RDX
  • 2009-present Lincoln MKS
  • 2014-present Chrysler 200
  • 2014-present Chevrolet Impala
  • 2015-present Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban
  • 2007-2014 Chrylser 300C
  • 2015-present Chrysler 200C
  • 2015-present Chrylser 300, Pacifica
  • 2015-present Ford Everest
  • 2015-present Ford F-150
  • 2011-present Ford Explorer
  • 2013-present Ford Flex
  • 2013 Honda Accord
  • 2007 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-present Hyundai Azera
  • 2012-2015 Hyundai Equus
  • 2012-2015 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2015-present Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata
  • 2011-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2014-present Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee
  • 2014-present Kia Cadenza
  • 2015-present Kia Sedona, K900
  • 2009-present Lincoln MKS
  • 2010-present Lincoln MKT
  • 2011-present Lincoln MKX
  • 2013-present Lincoln MKZ
  • 2015-present Lincoln MKC
  • 2014-present Mazda6, Mazda3
  • 2014-present Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 2015-present Nissan Murano
  • 2013-present Subaru Legacy, Outback
  • 2014-present Subaru Forester
  • 2015-present Subaru Impreza
  • 2004-forward Toyota Sienna, Avalon, Sequoia
  • 2010-present Toyota Prius
  • 2013-present Toyota Prius v
  • 2014-present Toyota Highlander
  • 2015-present Toyota Camry
  • 2011-present Volkswagen Touareg
  • 2013-present Volkswagen Golf
  • 2014-present Volkswagen Passat
  • 2007-forward Volvo S80, XC90
  • 2008-forward Volvo V70, XC70
  • 2010-present Volvo XC60
  • 2015-present Volvo - All models
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