Safest Midsize Sedans for Women

 In Auto Professor's Safest, Sedans

What is the safest midsize sedan 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 Sedans for Female Drivers

To make your search more convenient, we compiled the following table of our top picks for female drivers of popular midsize sedan. In other words, we had lots of data for these popular vehicles and across all age groups. As it turns out, no midsize sedan earned an A or A- for female drivers over 50 years old.

We do not recommend that an older woman drive a midsize sedan. No sedan had a superior track record of protecting an older women in a crash.

For the younger female driver, the following table lists sedans that earned an A or A- for women between the ages of 31 and 50.

Popular Midsize Sedans Model Years 2018-2022 with Auto Grades A or A- for Female Drivers Ages 31-50 Years Old

  • Subaru Legacy
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • BMW 3-Series
  • BMW 4-Series
  • Chrysler 300

The following list shows popular midsize sedans that earned an A or A- Auto Grade for female drivers between 16 and 30 years old. If you notice there are some sedans that earned an A or A- for the 31-50 year olds but not the 16-30 year olds. In particular, the BMW’s fall into this category. We postulate that younger drivers might tend to drive these sportier vehicles faster, and therefore incur more severe crashes. The following vehicles have a better track record of protecting these younger drivers.

Additional Popular Midsize Sedans Model Years 2018-2022 with Auto Grades A or A- for Female Drivers Ages 16-30 Years Old

  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Lexus ES
  • Nissan Altima
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Volkswagen Passat

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