Bigger isn’t necessarily better, according to the recently released periodic study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The study produced a record nine different car models that had driver death rates of zero (per million registered vehicles). Overall, driver deaths per million registered vehicle came in at 28. This shows a huge improvement over just 3 years earlier, when the death rate was 48 deaths per million vehicle.
Coming in at the top were vehicles produced by Audi, Honda, Kia, Lexus, Subaru, Toyota and Volvo. Vehicles with the worst death rates per million registered vehicles included models produced by Kia, Nissan, Hyundai and Chevrolet. Interestingly, some large SUV’s like the Chevy Suburban had some of the highest driver death rates. The study did not focus on passenger death rates.
Experts have attributed the decrease in driver death rates to technological progress in safety, such as design improvements and stability control advancements.
A breakdown of the study can be found here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/29/382495237/car-safety-improves-study-lists-those-with-most-and-least-driver-deaths