Finding the safest electric cars is particularly important in today’s automotive marketplace. After all, as more EVs take to U.S. roads, more of them will be at risk for crashes. As our research indicates, many electrified vehicles are lacking both the top safety grades from NHTSA and the IIHS and some of the industry’s most popular driver-assistance features. Our current gallery, however, does list a few impressive safety performers, and we’ve even put them first, to show which vehicles set the bar for occupant protection and driver assistance.
Also, to assist shoppers with a wider range of safer options, we’ve included plug-in hybrids that combine significant all-electric driving capability with onboard gasoline-powered range extenders. (Note: because the IIHS 2018 Top Safety Pick vehicles had not been announced when this gallery went to press, we’ve relied on results from the 2017 IIHS testing program.)