Highest Safety Ranked Compact SUV’s for Women

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What is the safest compact SUV for women? Is there really a difference in vehicle safety for women and men? Yes, because biologically, women and men are different. We discuss these differences in our blog Why Women Need More Protection in Cars. In a nutshell, car safety has been designed with the young male body in mind. This puts women at a disadvantage because they are less protected in a crash than a man. Consequently, women need to be more selective in picking the car that best protects them.

The scientists at The Auto Professor took all this into account when we created the safety rating system called Auto Grades. Our mission is to find the car that provides you with the best protection in a crash, based on the track record from past crashes.

Using actual fatal crash data, we looked at the driver fatality rates of vehicles by the characteristics of the driver. We grade the safety of the vehicle by how well it protected women versus men and older versus younger drivers. You, as the driver, can use the Auto Grade search engine to find our safety rating for nearly any vehicle. One you own or one you are thinking about buying.

Safest Compact SUV’s for Female Drivers

To make your search more convenient, we compiled the following table of our top picks for female drivers of popular compact SUV’s. It’s important to notice that no compact SUV’s earned an A or A- for female drivers over 50 years of age. In other words, these small-scale SUV’s do not have a very good track record for protecting older women in a crash. Consequently, we only created lists for the age groups 31-50 and 16-30. These are popular vehicles that had lots of data to generate an Auto Grade safety rating of A or A- for protecting the female driver the best.

Popular Compact SUV’s Model Years 2018-2022 with Auto Grades A or A- for Female Drivers Ages 31-50 Years Old

  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Chevrolet Equinox

The following list shows popular compact SUV’s that earned an A or A- Auto Grade for female drivers 16 to 30 years old.

Popular Compact SUV’s Model Years 2018-2022 with Auto Grades A or A- for Female Drivers 16-30 Years Old

  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Chevrolet Trax
  • Kia Sportage
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Honda CR-V

These lists offer you, the driver and buyer, a good starting point for picking the best compact SUV for you. Always be sure to use the search menu to get your own Auto Grade for any vehicle you own or are considering buying.

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