2007 Fit vs 2006 Scion XB vs 2005 Matrix vs 1996 Camry. Which is safest?

MelodyoftheForest

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This is my opinion based on a quick crash ratings search on IIHS and NHTSA.

1. Fit - has best overall crash ratings, but make sure any recalls have been fixed before you buy
2. Matrix - less ratings information available, but info is good, check recalls here too
3. XB - mixed ratings, no recalls
4. Camry - way older, less crash testing, more likely parts are worn

Considerations like type and number of child safety seats may change what will work best for you.
 

SafeDad

CPSDarren - Admin
Staff member
Also, frontal crash tests can't be compared across weight classes. For vehicles older than 2011, it is even more difficult to compare. Also, features like stability control and side curtain airbags were not standard then. Finding a used vehicle with these options may tip the balance.

In that era for small cars, Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza were among the best in terms of overall crash test performance.
 

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