4 Best Crash Test Rating Sports Cars for under $30,000

January 27, 2012

The 3 best crash test rating sports cars that are priced under $30,000 are the 2008 Jaguar RLS, the 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse, the 2010 Ford Mustang, and the 2009 Pontiac G5. These vehicles are incredibly sporty and have high crash test ratings among the class of cars that are just under $30,000. The 2007 Eclipse can be purchased for around $25,000, while a 2008 Jaguar and 2010 Mustang can be found for around $21,000. The 2009 G5 is the best bargain, at $17,000.

IIHS and NHTSA Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide crash test results for cars and share this information as part of their annual testing. The results for the vehicles listed below are quite commendable relative to other sports cars crash test ratings for the same amount.

2008 Jaguar RLS

The Jaguar RLS is an entry-level version of the world famous Jaguar sports car. This car reflects a lot of the style of its parent company, Ford, and this can be seen very clearly. From this line, it also follows the same commitment to safety and reliability. A 2008 Jaguar RLS meets the crash test rating standards as does other types of Fords, which do well in this area.

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishis are extremely reliable and durable vehicles that fare well in crash test ratings by the IIHS and NHTSA. The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a surprisingly sporty little vehicle that looks more like the old Toyota and its predecessor Datsun. It is a well-built vehicle that mixes style with high survivability; which is important for an owner with a concern for safety as well as style and sportiness.

2010 Ford Mustang

This car is rated 5-star for both front and side impact and is a very recent entrant in the safe sports car list. Priced at around $21,000, it clearly fits the under 30K category as well. The car has a high stability factor and ranks well for rollover resistance. It provides best stability for various kinds of impacts--front, side and rear.

2009 Pontiac G5

The Pontiac G5 ranks well for all impacts--front, side and rear--and it enjoys a safety rating of 5 stars as well. It has a slightly lower stability factor, but at the price of around $17,000 it could be a worthy buy for the kind of performance it provides.

Holding Value

The price tags on these vehicles reflect how well they hold their value. Having a high crash test rating can be a boon for you when you go to sell the car some time later down the road. As long as you have no concerns or issues with the vehicle being used, which can be confirmed by ordering a vehicle Carfax report, you should not have to worry about the reliability of the vehicle.

Other Cars Crash Test Ratings

Other cars that are available at this price do not meet a suitable crash test rating. The Pontiac Trans Am and Chevrolet Corvette do not do as well on their crash test ratings and would not provide the same level of safety and protection. The dual criteria of price and crash test ratings have to meet for the recommended vehicle to be considered the best.

Related Questions and Answers

What is the 2010 Ford Mustang Safety Rating?

For the model year 2010, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Ford Mustang a safety rating of Good in frontal offset crash tests, and an Acceptable rating for side impact crashes. No roof test or rear impact results were given. The Mustang Convertible is broken down by production date. Those manufactured before January of 2010 received Poor ratings, while those manufactured from February on received Good ratings. In side impact tests, all production dates received Good ratings. Again, no roof strength or rear impact results were given. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gave both versions 5 star ratings in all categories.

What is the Average MPG of the 2006 Ford Mustang?

In 2006, the Ford Mustang mpg ratings were fairly decent for performance vehicles. For both the Mustang Coupe and Convertibles, the 6 cylinder engine equipped vehicles have a reported 20 per gallon fuel economy. The 8 cylinder engine equipped versions all received a reported 18 miles per gallon. According to the reviews, the types of transmissions installed had no noticeable bearing on the fuel economy of the vehicles tested. Of course, your results may vary up or down, depending on your driving style, percentage of highway versus city miles and the condition of the engine.

What is the Average MPG of the 2006 Toyota Camry?

For model year 2006, the Toyota Camry mpg ratings number were quite respectable. According to reviewers, you can expect to receive a combined city and highway mileage of approximately 24 miles per gallon. In the city, with the stop and go driving that occurs there, your mileage will be around 21 per gallon. On the highway, your mileage should be around 30 per gallon. If you're the type of driver that has a heavy foot, your mileage may be significantly lower. By keeping your car in optimal tune and making sure your air and fuel filters stay clean, you can maintain optimal fuel economy.

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