Safest Full Size SUVs for Women

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What is the safest full size SUV for women? These large vehicles built on the chassis of a pickup truck offer all drivers, especially women, a lot of protection in a crash. In our blog, Why Women Need More Protection in Cars, we talk about the differences in biology and protection between women and men in cars. In most vehicles, 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.

However, in the full size SUV category, according to our analysis, women and men are equally protected.

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. To learn more about how we performed our analysis, see the An Overview of Auto Grades. 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 Full Size SUVs for Female Drivers

To make your search more convenient, we compiled the following table of our top picks for female drivers of popular full size SUVs. In other words, we had lots of data for these popular vehicles and across all age groups, these SUVs earned an A or A- for protecting the female driver the best. As it turns out, only the popular Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe received our top rating in all age groups.

Popular Full Size SUVs Model Years 2018-2022 with Auto Grades A or A- for Women of All Age Groups

  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe

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 SUVs 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 Full Size SUVs Model Years 2018-2022 with Overall Auto Grades of A or A-

  • Audi Q7, Q8
  • Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV
  • Ford Expedition, Expedition MAX
  • GMC Yukon, Yukon XL
  • Infiniti QX80
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Mercedes GL Class, GLS Class
  • Nissan Amada

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.

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