2017 Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet. This plug-in hybrid maintains its top rating from last year, with the headlights measuring up to its crash test results. The Volt has an advantage over all-electric cars because it has a gasoline engine that works to recharge the battery on the move.
Hyundai Elantra Hyundai. The Elantra continues as a Top Safety Plus pick even with the headlight ranking included. Test drivers praise the Elantra as comfortable and roomy for a compact car with a good array of technology. The Elantra is a good combination of reasonable price and good fuel economy. List prices range from $17,150 to $22,350.
Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai. With some redesign, the Santa Fe went from not even being on the list last year to among the top picks this year. Test drivers say the Santa Fe deserves a look among midsize SUVs with three rows of seats. They praise the performance of the standard V-6 engine, which is rated for 17 MPG in city driving, 21 on the highway.
Hyundai Motor Co. — which owns the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands — leads manufacturers with six cars in the top category. Subaru has four. Toyota Motor Corp. has the most vehicles — 10 — in the second category level. All but one of the seven vehicles in Subaru’s 2018 lineup earned one of the awards.
The second-level rating, Top Safety Pick (without the Plus), goes to cars that meet all the standards except for good or acceptable headlights. In some cases, the rating applies only to the version of the car with optional safety equipment (here's the full list of 44 Top Safety Pick and 38 Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles).
Crash tests, research reports, and simulations can provide a certain degree of insight into the safety performance of vehicles. However, real world data about how cars have performed in actual accidents is a better tool for discerning which cars are truly the safest on the road.
According to the Global Peace Index Iceland is the safest country in the world, for the 5th time in a row. They first started releasing the list of the most peaceful countries in 2007, when Iceland was not taken into account since some reliable data was missing, according to Wikipedia.