Safest SUVs for Women Under 50

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What is the safest SUV for women under 50? These vehicles typically built on the chassis of a pickup truck offer young 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. However, younger women do have an important advantage – their bodies are relatively strong. Consequently, they have more safe SUVs to pick from than their older sisters, mothers and aunts.

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 SUVs for Female Drivers Under 50

To make your search more convenient, we compiled the following table of our top picks for young female drivers of popular 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, under 50,  the best.

Popular SUVs Model Years 2018-2023 with Auto Grades of A or A- for Female Drivers Under 50

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Journey  (Model Years 2018-2020)
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Flex (Model Years (Model Years 2018-2019)
  • GMC Yukon
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Santa Fe, Sport & XL
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee & Grand Cherokee WK
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler JK
  • Mercedes GLE & M Class
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Rogue (Model Years 2018-2020)
  • Subaru Outback (Model Years 2018-2020)
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Rav4 (Model Year 2018)

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 SUVs Model Years 2018-2023 with Overall Auto Grades of A or A-

  • Acura MDX
  • Audi Q5, Q7, Q8
  • BMW X3, X4, X5 & X6
  • Cadillac Escalade & ESV
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Chevrolet Blazer
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Ford Expedition & MAX
  • GMC Acadia
  • Infiniti QX60 & QX80
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Telluride
  • Land Rover Discovery & Range Rover & Sport
  • Lexus GX, NX
  • Lincoln Navigator & Navigator L
  • Mercedes GLC Class
  • Nissan Armada
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Toyota Sequoia, Tundra
  • Volkswagen Atlas
  • Volkswagen Tiguan & Limited
  • Volvo XC60, XC90

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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