Buying a used vehicle might mean making a few sacrifices. Maybe you don’t have the very latest in infotainment technology. Perhaps the car has some miles on it. Or it’s no longer under the manufacturer’s warranty. 


But one area you shouldn’t have to sacrifice is safety. And fortunately, you don’t have to. 


Safety technology has come a long way in recent years, and even used cars contain some of the most advanced safety features on the road today. Below are five of the safest used cars you’ll find according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) safety ratings across five different categories: compact cars, sedans, small SUVs, large SUVs and pickup trucks. 


1. Compact Cars: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

The Hyundai Elantra GT was a Top Safety Pick in the small car category for 2018, and has popped up in the list in other model years as well. Electronic Stability Control, Driveline Traction Control and a backup camera are just a few of the safety features you’ll find in this edition of the Elantra. 

2. Sedans: 2020 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has become as well-known for its safety as for its durability. The 2020 Honda Civic features a number of advanced safety technologies usually reserved for higher-end models such as Collision Mitigation System, Lane Keeping Assist, Honda LaneWatch Right Side Camera and more, all of which helped it win a Top Safety Pick among 2020 sedans.    

3. Small SUVs: 2019 Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson was a Top Safety Pick in 2019 and for good reason. The compact SUV is loaded with safety features like Driver Monitoring Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning and so much more. 

4. Large SUVs: 2017 Audi Q7

Audi consistently ranks among the safest large SUVs and the brand has become an industry leader in blending safety with luxury. The 2017 Audi Q7 was rated a Top Safety Pick because it comes standard with Audi’s Pre Sense basic package and other safety features.

5. Trucks: 2020 Toyota Tacoma

Power and performance get all the attention among truck lovers, but safety should not be overlooked. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is not only one of the most popular trucks on the road, it also happens to be one of the safest. The Tacoma even comes equipped with Toyota’s Safety Connect® system that automatically connects you to an emergency response agent after a collision and was an IIHS Top Safety Pick


Find Your Used Car at Matthews Motors

Are you interested in learning more about the safest used cars? At Matthew Motors we offer a wide selection of used cars for sale that can fit your budget. Plus, our auto care service is second to none, so your used car remains in good hands long after it leaves our lot. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at (919) 737-7638 and our team will be happy to help.