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Safest compact cars of 2019

Owning a small car comes with many benefits, including better gas mileage and easier parking. However, some smaller vehicles can make you more susceptible to injuries in an accident. But that is not the case for every small car. 

If you want to drive a small car that keeps you safe, a good place to start looking is the Top Safety Pick list from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Here are some 2019 compact vehicles with the best collision-prevention technologies and crash test ratings.

Kia Forte

The 2019 Kia Forte is one of the safest small vehicles in the market. All models come with front collision protection technology. However, the IIHS only recommends models that come with LED headlights.

Honda Insight

It is hard to go wrong with a 2019 Honda Insight. The IIHS gives it a perfect score in all categories, including front-crash prevention in high- and low-speed crashes. This is largely due to the Honda Sensing technology, which is an assistance feature that includes collision warnings, automatic braking and lane assist. 

Hyundai Elantra

If you want a sedan with wide-ranging appeal, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra is a good pick. The Limited and Sport models are the safest ones because they come with LED headlights. All Elantras come with assistance features including traffic alerts and blind-spot monitoring. 

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The Corolla is no longer a basic car. Toyota brings its 2019 model up a notch with the hatchback version, offering a new blend of better driving dynamics and style. Not only does it have a distinctive look, but it also has solid crash ratings and standard LED headlights. 


Ever popular among enthusiasts, the Mazda3 delivers again in 2019. This car brings high safety marks, responsive handling and a sleek style. Both body styles have solid scores in terms of front-crash prevention and crashworthiness. 

Check out the complete list from the IIHS to find out more about the safest cars available.