Used car shoppers have a lot to consider. Once you nail down your budget, we recommend perusing the lists of the most reliable vehicles and that of used models to avoid. Three or four years after a new car first rolls off the lot, testing agencies know how it holds up in real-world driving.
You should never ignore safety issues, especially if you are buying a car for someone in your family. Every four years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does the grim work of revealing the vehicles behind the most driver deaths in America. Though cars get safer every year, there is no way to make a model from previous years safer. While you shop around, it’s worth noting which ones turned out to be the most dangerous on the road.
The IIHS bases its numbers on driver deaths per million vehicles registered as the barometer. (Passenger deaths were not counted in the total.) Between 2006 and 2012, the organization collected data on all high-volume cars made since the 2005 model year to reach its conclusions. Here are the 25 deadliest cars now on the road in America.
25. Buick LaCrosse
In the right trim under the right light, a Buick LaCrosse from the last decade painted a pretty picture for car shoppers. However, its safety record reveals a dark side. LaCrosse drivers of the era died in accidents at a rate of 76 deaths per million registrations. Among large premium vehicles, those stats were as bad as they ever got. Fatal accidents split almost equally between multi-car crashes and single-vehicle wrecks.