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Safest Family Sedans for 2012

10/24/2012
Family sedans, those models that are midsize or full-size with 5-passenger seating, are among the most popular vehicles in America. Below, we list the six models, in alphabetical order, that are named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and which receive a 5-star overall crash-test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Dodge Charger
The 2012 Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan equipped with 7 air bags, traction control, stability control, and hill-start assist. The 4-wheel-disc anti-lock braking system includes brake assist, ready alert braking, and rain brake support technologies. Options include rain-sensing wipers, rear park-assist sensors, reversing camera, rear cross-path detection, blind-spot monitoring system, and an adaptive cruise control system with forward-collision warning.


Honda Accord
The EPA rates the 2012 Honda Accord Sedan as a full-size car. It comes standard with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes. Models equipped with the optional navigation system have a reversing camera. The Accord employs Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which is designed to make the car more compatible with a wider variety of vehicles in a crash.




Hyundai Sonata
The 2012 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan equipped with 6 air bags, traction control, stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist. A Blue Link telematics system automatically notifies authorities if the Sonata's air bags deploy, speeding rescue. A reversing camera is available as an option.







Kia Optima
A midsize sedan, the 2012 Kia Optima offers 6 standard air bags, traction and stability control system, hill-start assist, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist. A reversing camera is offered as an option.











Toyota Camry
Every 2012 Toyota Camry is equipped with 10 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Toyota also installs Smart Stop Technology in the Camry, which is designed to make it impossible to accelerate with the brake pedal pressed. Options include a blind-spot monitoring system and Safety Connect with Automatic Collision Notification technology, which alerts rescuers if the car's air bags deploy.



Volkswagen Passat
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is equipped with 6 air bags, traction control, stability control, and 4-wheel-disc brakes with brake assist as standard equipment. A reversing camera is optional.




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