It's always nice when a car does well in crash tests, but just as important for drivers to be aware of are the models that aren't known for their protection.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released a report detailing the average fatalities for a long list of popular models. The cars were rated based on "number of fatalities per million registered years." That sounds a bit confusing, but essentially it just means that the length of time a vehicle has been on the road is taken into consideration in order to get an accurate average.
Some of the worst offenders were the Nissan 350Z and Titan, the Chevrolet Cobalt and Aveo and the Kia Spectra – all of which had 100 or more fatalities per million registered years. That's in stark contrast to the cars at the top of the list, all of which average "0" fatalities – these cars have either never had a fatality or the number is so small as to be statistically insignificant.
Models at the top of the list include the Toyota Sienna, Ford Edge, Nissan Armada, Land Rover LR3, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class.
It's worth noting that the data applies to vehicles built between 2005 and 2008, so those applying for a new car loan will have to go with the current safety ratings as their barometer.