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Dodge Challenger drivers, be careful: Study says these are deadliest cars we drive

Here are the Top 5 deadliest cars in Sacramento

From Sacramento to Modesto, the Dodge Challenger tops the list of deadliest cars to drive, according to a new study from automotive research firm and search engine iSeeCars.com.
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From Sacramento to Modesto, the Dodge Challenger tops the list of deadliest cars to drive, according to a new study from automotive research firm and search engine iSeeCars.com.

From Sacramento to Modesto, the Dodge Challenger tops the list of deadliest cars to drive—by far, according to a new study from automotive research firm and search engine iSeeCars.com.

The sports car had more than double the fatal accident rate than the next vehicle on the list, the Nissan Versa.

Overall, deaths from car crashes happen nearly twice as often in subcompact cars and sports cars compared to the average vehicle, the study found.

The Dodge Challenger had a fatal accident rate (that is, cars per billion vehicle miles) of 18.3, compared to 8.7 for the Versa, in the Sacramento area.

iSeeCars.com analyzed fatality data of model years 2013 to 2017 from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and more than 25 million used cars from the same model years to determine the vehicles that are most often involved in fatal accidents.

In the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto area, the top five cars for occupant fatalities were:

  • Dodge Challenger, 18.3 fatal accident rate (cars per billion vehicle miles)
  • Nissan Versa, 8.7
  • Chevrolet Camaro, 6.9
  • Honda Civic, 6.7
  • Nissan Sentra, 2.6

The average fatal rate for all vehicles is 2.6.

Nationally, the Mitsubishi Mirage (10.2) and Chevrolet Corvette (9.8) ranked 1 and 2.

Subcompact cars and sports cars tied as the most represented vehicle categories with six vehicles each.

“Despite recent advances in safety technology, our data suggests that small vehicles still aren’t as safe as larger vehicles when they are involved in serious accidents, said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “Subcompact cars have a fatal accident rate of 4.5 cars per billion vehicle miles, which is almost double the overall average. Sports cars are the vehicle segment with the highest fatal accident rate of 4.6 cars per billion vehicle miles. They’re designed to prioritize speed and acceleration, so it is perhaps no surprise that their accidents result in a high number of fatalities.”

Mitsubishi Mirage led not only subcompacts with the highest fatal accident rates, but was topped all cars nationwide. The subcompact Honda Fit was ranked third-highest overall.

Key findings in the iSeeCars study were:

  • Subcompact cars and sports cars tie as the most represented vehicle categories with six vehicles each.
  • Common trends among vehicles with the highest fatal accident rates include a lack of safety features and poor performance in crash tests.
  • When specifically looking at passenger cars, the fatal accident rate is inversely proportional to vehicle size
  • Categorically, SUVs have the lowest fatal accident rate.
  • Compact and subcompact SUVs account for nine of the 10 vehicles on the list of SUVs with the highest fatal accident rates.
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