Published: Nov 20, 2023
Used Car Safety Ratings 2023 now released
Making safety a priority when picking your next car.
“Serious road trauma resulting from the worst rated car is more than ten times that of the best rated car in the same crash with the same driver.”
Professor Stuart Newstead, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
The Used Car Safety Ratings provide an easy-to-follow guide for people looking to purchase a used vehicle. This year’s ratings provide a score on ‘Overall Safety’, which is broken down into three separate components:
- Driver Safety - how well the vehicle protects its driver from being killed or seriously injured in a crash.
- Other Road User Safety - how well the vehicle protects other drivers, pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists from being killed or seriously injured in a crash.
- Crash Avoidance – how well the vehicle’s key crash avoidance technologies reduce the likelihood of being involved in a crash.
Access to safer vehicles is important to all road users, but especially younger and older drivers. Data shows that drivers aged up to 25 years and older than 70 years are more likely to be driving an older car when involved in a crash, compared to drivers aged 26 to 69.