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Latest IIHS Study Shows Deadliest, Least Deadly Cars and Trucks

Data analysis shows most, least deadly cars

  • Data shows which vehicles are most likely to see driver deaths

  • Also shows most likely to kill driver of other vehicle

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is best known for telling us which cars are the safest based on their crash and safety testing. Today it is doing the opposite, using real-life accident data to tell us which vehicles are the most deadly.

There are two ways to calculate this statistic, the IIHS says. The first is a list of which vehicles are most likely to kill their driver. The second is the list of which vehicles are most likely to kill the driver of the other vehicle involved.

Six of the 21 vehicles with the highest driver death rates for model year 2020 are muscle cars. The Camaro, Challenger, Charger, and Mustang.


“We typically find that smaller vehicles have high driver death rates because they don’t provide as much protection, especially in crashes with larger, heavier SUVs and pickups,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “The muscle cars on this list highlight that a vehicle’s image and how it is marketed can also contribute to crash risk.”

Seven of the 20 vehicles with the highest rate of other-driver deaths are big pickups. Though there are some cars in that list as well. The IIHS used only driver data because while every vehicle has a driver, not all have passengers.

The data comes from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System and registration data from IHS Markit. This time around, it covers model years 2018-2021.

Highest rates of driver deaths (per million registered vehicle years):

Mitsubishi Mirage G4205
Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback183
Dodge Challenger 2WD154
Hyundai Accent152
Chevrolet Spark151
Kia Rio sedan122
Dodge Charger HEMI 2WD118
Chevrolet Camaro convertible113
Nissan Altima113
Kia Forte111


Lowest rates of driver deaths (per million registered vehicle years):

Lexus ES 3500
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan 4WD0
Nissan Pathfinder 2WD0
Audi Q5 4WD2
Toyota C-HR2
Nissan Murano 2WD4
Volvo XC90 4WD4
GMC Canyon Crew Cab 4WD5
Lexus RX 350 4WD5


Highest rates of other driver deaths (per million registered vehicle years):

Ram 3500 Crew Cab long bed 4WD189
Dodge Charger HEMI 2WD164
Ford F-350 Crew Cab 4WD147
Ram 2500 Mega Cab 4WD145
Kia Optima134
Kia Rio sedan133
Ram 2500 Crew Cab short bed 4WD122
Ford F-250 Crew Cab 4WD120
Dodge Charger 2WD105
Ram 1500 Crew Cab short bed 2WD104


Lowest rates of other driver deaths (per million registered vehicle years):

Buick Encore 4WD6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan 4WD10
Acura MDX 4WD14
Subaru Ascent16
Toyota RAV4 hybrid 4WD16
Volvo XC60 4WD16
Porsche Macan18
Chevrolet Bolt19
Chevrolet Trax 4WD19
Honda HR-V 4WD19

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