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by Jon Coe

There are usually only a couple of split seconds worth of decision making when faced with a potential accident on the roadway - but your decisions could inevitably determine the outcome of your situation. The maneuverability and stability you have at your fingertips will lessen the impact on other motorists and their safety, as well as your own!

Top of the Line

Stability and rollover prevention are at the top of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) list for cars in 2007. Most of their top picks offer electronic stability control as a standard feature. In addition, all vehicles were put through rigorous rear, front and side impact tests.

One of the top five safest cars in North America, determined by vote, is the Subaru B9 Tribeca. This vehicle performed extremely well in crash tests. It is also packed with options and has plenty of passenger room.

Next on the list is the Volvo XC90 SUV. Volvo's reputation for safety has always been at the top in the automobile industry. This family vehicle is completely packed with accessory options. Despite its high starting price, it is definitely a frontrunner in "vehicle of the future."

The Acura RDX comes with a NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), five-star crash rating. It boasts a 2.3 Turbocharged, four cylinder engine, and its patented "super handling" all wheel drive, anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution system makes this vehicle easier than ever to control in tricky situations.

Both the Audi A4 and A6 Models fair very well in protection against whiplash. In the event of a rear end impact, the Audi's seats and headrests are shaped to restrain the passenger's body. Along with a tire pressure monitoring system, the Audi comes fully equipped with seat-mounted air bags.

The Saab 9-3 is a sporty model and does comparatively well on gas mileage. It is available in several stylish models, but unlike the others, the convertible does not come with side impact protection. It is equipped with dual front and side impact-air bags. If you're searching for a car that is both economical and safe as well as stylish, this could be the vehicle for you!

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