Highest Safety Ranked Midsize SUV’s for Women
What is the safest midsize 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 Midsize 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 midsize SUV’s. In other words, we had lots of data for these popular vehicles and across all age groups, these SUV’s earned an A or A- for protecting the female driver the best.
Popular Midsize SUV’s Model Years 2018-2022 with Auto Grades A or A- for Women of All Age Groups
- Dodge Durango
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Flex
- Honda Pilot
- Jeep Grand Cherokee & Grand Cherokee WK
- Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler JK
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Toyota 4Runner
- Toyota Highlander
The following list shows popular midsize SUV’s that earned an A or A- Auto Grade for female drivers less than 50 years old, however did not quite reach this highest level for protecting the older female drivers.
Additional Popular Midsize SUV’s Model Years 2018-2022 with Auto Grades A or A- for Women 50 years old and younger
- Dodge Journey
- Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport & Santa Fe XL
- Kia Sorento
- Nissan Murano
- Subaru Outback
Less Popular Midsize SUV’s But Good Choices for Female Drivers
For less popular vehicles, we did not have a lot of data to compile an Auto Grade for women in different age groups. However we were able to rate these vehicles overall. The following list of less popular full size SUV’s received an overall Auto Grade of A or A- and therefore we consider them good choices for all women and men of any age.
Less Popular Midsize SUV’s Model Years 2018-2022 with Overall Auto Grades of A or A-
- Audi Q5
- BMW X5 & X6
- Buick Enclave
- Cadillac XT5
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Infiniti QX60
- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
- Land Rover Discovery & Range Rover Sport
- Lexus RX, RX-L
- Mercedes GLC Class
- Porsche Cayenne
- Volkswagen Tiguan
- Volvo XC60
These lists offer you, the driver and buyer, a good starting point for picking the best car 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.