If you're in the market for a second-hand car, its safety in the event of an accident is a key factor to consider.

The 2014 Used Car Safety Ratings reflect crash statistics from 239 second-hand vehicle models. The ratings give you information about:

  • a vehicle's capacity to protect the driver and other road users in the event of an accident
  • which cars are awarded a 'Safe Pick'.

A Safe Pick rating is given to vehicles that cause fewer injuries to other road users in a collision, including other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, and provide excellent protection for their own occupants.

Used car safety ratings vs ANCAP safety ratings

ANCAP safety ratings take in crash prevention technology and data from the simulation of common crash scenarios on new cars in a controlled laboratory setting. These ratings are best used to select a new car where no other safety data is available.

But when looking for a safer used car, the used car safety ratings (UCSR) should be used instead of ANCAP ratings. UCSR are updated annually using data from millions of police reports on actual crashes. They can also be compared across all car categories, unlike ANCAP ratings.

How are the safety ratings calculated?

Monash University's Accident Research Centre analyses records from more than 7 million vehicles in police-reported road crashes in Australia and New Zealand between 1987 and 2012. They use an internationally reviewed method to calculate the ratings, which takes into consideration the vehicles' mass, structural design and safety features, and by controlling for a range of non-vehicle related factors known to affect injury outcome. Factors considered were the sex and age of the person whose injury outcome was being measured, speed limit at the crash location, the number of vehicles involved, and the location and year of the crash. The ratings in the 2014 update have been recalculated based on the most recent crash data available so they're not comparable with previously published ratings.

A combination of the following aspects is used to form the safety rating:

  • Crashworthiness The ability of a vehicle to protect its driver in the event of a crash.
  • Aggressivity The level of impact on other road users – including other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – that the vehicle collides with.
  • Total secondary safety Combines crashworthiness and aggressivity to determine a vehicle's overall injury outcome in a crash. This rating measures the estimated risk of death or serious injury to all road users.

Results are taken from www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au. Results are funded by the Vehicle Safety Research Group and conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre. The Used Car Safety Ratings are supported by Australian motoring organisations, the Australian government, state governments, and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

We have used car safety ratings for the following categories:

Compact SUVs


Used car safety ratings – compact SUVs
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'
Mitsubishi/Peugeot Outlander/4007 06-12 5 Yes
Nissan X-Trail 01-07 4
KIA Sportage 98-03 3
Daihatsu Feroza 90-97 1  
Daihatsu

Rocky

90-98 1  
Daihatsu Terios 97-05 1  
Holden Cruze 02-06 1  
Holden/Suzuki Sierra 90-99 1  
Suzuki Vitara 90-98 1  

Medium SUVs


Used car safety ratings – medium SUVs
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'
Holden Captiva 06-12 5 Yes
Jeep Cherokee 01-07 5 Yes
Mazda CX-7 06-12 5 Yes
Nissan Pathfinder 05-12 5 Yes
Subaru Forester 02-08 5 Yes
Subaru Forester 08-12 5 Yes
Toyota RAV4 06-12 5 Yes
Honda CR-V 02-06 5
Mitsubishi Pajero 00-06 5
Mitsubishi Pajero 07-12 5
Nissan Pathfinder/Terrano/Regulus 95-05 5
Suzuki Grand Vitara/Escudo 05-08 5
Ford/Mazda Escape/Tribute 01-06 4
Holden/Isuzu Jackaroo/Bighorn 92-97 4
Holden/Isuzu Jackaroo/Bighorn 98-02 4
Honda CR-V 97-01 4
Honda CR-V 07-12 4
Subaru Forester 97-02 4
Suzuki Grand Vitara 99-05 4
Toyota RAV4 01-06 4
Jeep Cherokee 96-00 3
Mitsubishi Pajero 92-99 3
Toyota RAV4 94-00 2

Large SUVs

Used car safety ratings – large SUVs

Brand
Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'
Ford Territory

04-10

5

Yes

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

98-05

5

Yes

Toyota Kluger

07-12

5

Yes

Ford Explorer

01-05

5

Jeep Grand Cherokee

99-05

5

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series

07-12

5

Toyota LandCruiser Prado

03-09

5

Toyota LandCruiser Prado

96-03

5

Land Rover Discovery

91-02

4

Nissan Patrol

98-12

4

Nissan/Ford Patrol

90-97

4

Nissan/Ford Maverick

90-94

4

Toyota Kluger

03-07

4

Toyota LandCruiser

98-07

4

Toyota LandCruiser

90-97

3

Light cars

Used car safety ratings – light cars
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'
Holden Barina XC

01-05

3

Holden Combo

01-12

3

Honda Jazz

02-08

3

Mazda

2

07-12

3

Toyota Yaris

05-11

3

Holden Barina TK

05-11

2

Mazda

2

02-07

2

Suzuki Swift

05-10

2

Daewoo Kalos

03-04

1

Daewoo Matiz

99-04

1

Daihatsu Charade

93-00

1

Daihatsu Charade

03-05

1

Daihatsu Mira

90-95

1

Daihatsu Sirion

98-04

1

Ford Ka

99-02

1

Ford Festiva WF

94-01

1

Holden Barina SB

95-00

1

Holden/Suzuki Barina

90-94

1

Holden/Suzuki Swift

90-99

1

Hyundai Getz

02-11

1

Mazda 121

94-96

1

Mazda 121 Metro

97-02

1

Nissan Micra

95-97

1

Suzuki Alto

90-00

1

Suzuki Ignis

00-02

1

Suzuki Swift

11-12

1

Toyota Echo

99-05

1

Toyota Starlet

96-99

1

Small cars

Used car safety ratings – small cars
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'
Holden Cruze

09-12

5

Yes

Honda Civic

06-11

5

Yes

Peugeot 307

01-09

5

Yes

Subaru Impreza

07-11

5

Yes

Toyota Prius

03-09

5

Yes

Volkswagen Golf

04-09

5

Yes

Volkswagen Jetta

06-09

5

Yes

Volkswagen Golf/Bora

99-04

5

Volvo S40/V40

97-04

5

Ford Focus LR

02-05

4

Ford Focus LR

05-09

4

Ford Focus LS/LT

05-09

4

Holden Astra AH

04-09

4

Honda Civic

01-05

4

Hyundai i30

07-12

4

Mazda 3

04-09

4

Mazda 3

09-12

4

Mitsubishi Lancer

08-12

4

Peugeot 306

94-01

4

Subaru Impreza

01-07

4

Toyota Corolla

07-12

4

Volkswagen Golf

95-98

4

Ford/Mazda 323

99-03

3

Ford/Mazda Laser

99-02

3

Holden Astra TR

96-98

3

Holden Astra TS

98-06

3

Holden Viva

05-09

3

Toyota Corolla

02-07

3

Toyota Corolla

98-01

3

Daewoo Nubira

97-03

2

Honda Civic

96-00

2

Honda Integra

93-01

2

Hyundai Elantra

00-06

2

Kia Rio JB

05-11

2

Mitsubishi Lancer CH

03-07

2

Nissan Pulsar

00-05

2

Daewoo Cielo

95-97

1

Daewoo Lanos

97-03

1

Daihatsu Applause

90-99

1

Ford Laser

95-97

1

Hyundai Accent

00-06

1

Hyundai Coupe

96-00

1

Hyundai Excel

95-00

1

Hyundai Lantra

96-00

1

Hyundai S Coupe

90-96

1

Kia Rio

00-05

1

Mazda 323

95-98

1

Mitsubishi Lancer CE/Mirage

96-03

1

Mitsubishi Lancer CG

02-03

1

Nissan Pulsar

96-99

1

Nissan NX

91-95

1

Proton Wira

95-96

1

Subaru Impreza

93-00

1

Suzuki Baleno

95-02

1

Toyota Paseo

91-99

1

Toyota/Holden Corolla/Nova

94-97

1

Medium cars


Used car safety ratings – medium cars
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'

Audi

A4

01-08

5

Yes

BMW

3 Series

05-12

5

Yes

Lexus

IS

99-04

5

Yes

Mazda

6

02-07

5

Yes

Toyota

Camry

06-11

5

Yes

Volkswagen

Passat

98-06

5

Yes

Holden

Vectra

03-05

5

Honda

Accord

03-07

5

Saab

9000

90-97

5

Saab

900

94-98

5

Saab

9-3

89-02

5

Honda

Accord

99-02

5

Honda

Prelude

97-02

5

Audi

A4

95-01

4

BMW

3 Series E46

99-06

4

Ford

Cougar

99-03

4

Ford

Mondeo

95-01

4

Honda

Accord Euro

03-08

4

Mercedes-Benz

C-Class

95-00

4

Mercedes-Benz

C-Class

00-07

4

Subaru

Liberty/Outback

99-03

4

Subaru

Liberty/Outback

03-09

4

Toyota

Camry

02-06

4

BMW

3 Series

92-98

3

Holden

Vectra

97-03

3

Honda

Accord

94-98

3

Mazda

626

98-02

3

Nissan

200SX

94-02

3

Nissan

Bluebird

93-97

3

Subaru

Liberty/Outback

94-98

3

Toyota

Camry

98-02

3

Toyota

Celica

94-99

3

Ford/Mazda

626/MX6

92-97

2

Ford/Mazda

Telstar

92-96

2

Honda

Prelude

92-96

2

Mitsubishi

Galant

95-96

2

Daewoo

Espero

95-97

1

Daewoo

Tacuma

00-04

1

Holden/Toyota

Apollo/Camry

93-97

1

Large cars


Used car safety ratings – large cars
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'

BMW

5 series

96-03

5

Yes

Ford

Falcon

08-12

5

Yes

Holden

Statesman/Caprice

03-06

5

Yes

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class

96-02

5

Yes

Nissan

Maxima

06-09

5

Yes

Toyota

Aurion

06-12

5

Yes

Mitsubishi

380

05-08

5

Ford

Fairlane & LTD

99-02

4

Ford

Falcon BA/BF

03-08

4

Holden

Commodore VE

06-12

4

Holden

Commodore VY/VZ

02-07

4

Holden

Monaro

01-05

4

Holden

Statesman/Caprice

99-03

4

Mitsubishi

Magna

03-05

4

Toyota

Avalon

00-05

4

Ford

Fairlane

95-98

3

Ford

Falcon AU

98-02

3

Holden

Commodore VT/VX

97-02

3

Volvo

850

92-97

3

Volvo

S70/V70

97-99

3

Volvo

C70

98-99

3

Ford

Falcon EF/EL

94-98

2

Holden

Statesman/Caprice

94-98

2

Hyundai

Sonata

90-97

2

Mitsubishi

Magna Verada

96-03

2

Mitsubishi

Magna Verada

91-96

2

Nissan

Maxima

95-99

2

Holden/Toyota

Commodore VR/VS/Lexcen

93-97

1

People movers


Used car safety ratings – people movers
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'

Honda

Odyssey

04-09

5

Yes

Kia

Carnival

99-06

5

Kia

Carnival

06-11

5

Toyota

Tarago

00-06

5

Honda

Odyssey

95-00

4

Toyota

Tarago

91-99

3

Mitsubishi

Starwagon

95-03

2

Vans


Used car safety ratings – vans
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'

Ford

Transit

01-07

5

Mercedes-Benz

Sprinter

98-06

5

Volkswagon

Caravelle/Transporter

95-04

5

Ford

Transit

95-00

4

Toyota

Hiace

05-12

4

Toyota

Hiace

96-04

3

Toyota

Liteace

90-92

1

Daihatsu

Handivan

99-01

1

Daihatsu

Cuore

99-00

1

Suzuki

Carry

99-00

1

Utes


Used car safety ratings – utes
Brand Model Years of
manufacture
Driver
protection
rating
(max. 5 stars)
Awarded a
'Safe Pick'

Holden

Ute VE

07-12

5

Yes

Mitsubishi

Triton ML/MN

06-12

5

Yes

Nissan

Navara

5-12

5

Yes

Ford

Falcon Ute BA/BF

03-08

4

Ford/Mazda

Ranger/BT-50

06-11

5

Toyota

Hilux

05-12

5

Ford

Falcon Ute AU

00-02

4

Ford/Mazda

Courier/Bravo

03-06

4

Ford/Mazda

Courier

98-02

3

Holden

Commodore Ute

02-07

4

Holden

Rodeo

03-08

4

Mitsubishi

Triton MK

96-06

4

Nissan

Navara

97-05

4

Toyota

Hilux

03-04

4

Ford

Falcon Ute

96-99

3

Holden

Ute

00-02

4

Holden

Rodeo

96-98

3

Toyota

Hilux

98-02

3

Holden

Ute

94-00

1

Holden

Rodeo

99-02

3

Nissan

Navara

92-96

2

KIA

Ceres

92-00

1

Toyota

Hilux

90-97

1

Toyota

4Runner

90-96

1