People looking to buy a second-hand car can make more informed choices with the release of the 2022 Used Car Safety Ratings guide by Transport for NSW today.
Tara McCarthy, Deputy Secretary Safety, Environment and Regulation at Transport for NSW said the Used Car Safety Ratings guide features safety ratings for 289 vehicles manufactured in the past 20 years.
“The guide is a great way for buyers to ensure they’re buying the safest used car available within their budget,” Ms McCarthy said.
“55 of the cars included in this year’s guide earned an excellent (5-star) ratings, while another 58 earned good (4-star) ratings.
“Your car choice could impact whether you survive a crash. A driver of the worst vehicle rated is eight times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in the same crash than the same driver in the safest vehicle.”
Ms McCarthy said the best of the 5-star vehicles are marked as a ‘SAFER PICK’ in the guide to recognise their very high levels of safety and driver assistance technology.
“These provide better protection for the driver, are less likely to result in serious injuries to other road users and have a lower risk of being involved in a crash due to features such as electronic stability control, reverse sensors and cameras,” Ms McCarthy said.
“Some of the highest safety rated cars in this year’s guide include the Ford Ranger, Honda Civic, Toyota Prius V, Subaru Impreza/XV, and Holden Commodore VF.”
The guide was developed by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) on behalf of Transport for NSW and other members of the Vehicle Safety Research Group.
MUARC analysed around 9 million vehicles involved in road crashes and around 2.4 million injured road users in New Zealand and Australia between 1987 and 2020.
The guide is available at: https://towardszero.nsw.gov.au/safesystem/safe-vehicles