Since fuel economy and safety routinely top the list of priorities of auto consumers, hybrid sedans have an obvious appeal for American families. Unlike the variable factors involved with mpg ratings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a rigorous battery of crash tests automakers must pass to get themselves a five-star safety rating posted on Safercar.gov.
For cars to receive an overall score of five stars, the vehicle must receive a perfect five stars in at least one of the three tests (frontal crash, side crash, and rollover) while receiving at least four out of five stars in the other two tests. Among 2015 model-year vehicles tested by the NHTSA, only one hybrid sedan scored a perfect five stars, while five notched perfect ratings in two tests. Another three landed five-star ratings with perfect scores in just one test.
Only full hybrids (not “mild” ones) were considered for this list. The lone exception is the Acura ILX Hybrid, which received a five-star rating for its 2015 model but was discontinued. Cars are ordered from those which lost points yet scored an overall five stars to the one hybrid sedan that garnered five stars in each segment. Since models have yet to be released, photos of the most recent model are used. Here are the only nine hybrid sedans with a five-star safety rating for 2015 models. Statistics are current through July 20, 2014.
9. 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Ford’s luxury division has been successful in marketing its Lincoln MKZ Hybrid by keeping the price point close ($1,000 more) to its standard model. Another ringing endorsement came in the NHTSA’s safety rating. The MKZ Hybrid scored a perfect five stars in its frontal crash test while notching four out of five stars in the side and rollover tests. Its cumulative safety rating was five stars with a total risk of rollover at 10.9 percent. Lincoln’s 2014 MKZ Hybrid gets 38 mpg in the city.