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Vehicles in the Most Fender Benders Per Year
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Have you ever wondered if certain vehicles more than others are prone to being in accidents? If you have, you'd be 100% right. Certain vehicles get into more accidents than others, and the list of these models has been pretty consistent in recent years. However, it has less to do with the vehicle itself and more to do with the driver demographic.
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Let's take a look at a list of some vehicles that are more likely to be in accidents, according to the insurance statistics. To compare these vehicles to the national average, it's important to know that the national average of drivers with a prior at-fault accident was 17.81 percent in 2020. The average price of a new vehicle in 2020 was $37,876.
The Hyundai Veloster is a small car, which means that it's light and speedy as well. The percentage of Veloster drivers with prior at-fault accidents is 24.30 percent. The rate of accidents for Veloster drivers is over the national average by about 27 percent. The good news for Veloster drivers is that the car is well-equipped with standard safety features. The price of a new Veloster is well below the national average at $18,900.
Mazda3 drivers also get into accidents at a rate of 27 percent more than the average driver. The amount of Mazda3 drivers with at-fault accidents is 24.37 percent. Like the Veloster, the Mazda3 is a very affordable car with a base price of $20,500. It's also a popular industry pick and a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The Wrangler Unlimited is the four-door version of the Jeep Wrangler, which likely appeals to a different demographic versus the two-door. Drivers of this Wrangler are 28 percent more likely than the average driver to get into an accident. About 24.46 percent of Wrangler Unlimited drivers have prior at-fault accidents. Unlike the prior models listed, the Wrangler is closer to the national average with a base MSRP of about $31,795.
The HR-V is a compact crossover that gets into accidents about 28 percent more than the national average. About 24.57 percent of HR-V drivers have prior at-fault accidents. The Honda HR-V does have high safety ratings though, so that should help its accident-prone drivers. The price range of the HR-V is on the low side with the base model starting around $21,000.
As one of the most popular vehicles on the road, it might not be too surprising that the Toyota Prius gets into accidents about 28 percent more than the national average. Prius drivers have a 24.65 percent higher chance of having a prior at-fault accident. The Prius is lightweight and not expensive at a $21,530 base price, but its safety features lag behind some similar models on this list.
Impreza drivers are involved in at-fault accidents about 30 percent more than the national average, and the percentage of Impreza drivers who have prior at-fault accidents is 25.20 percent. The Subaru Impreza is a good safety pick, however, so drivers can rest assured that damages may be limited. The Impreza is another model with a relatively low base price under $20,000.
Hyundai Elantra GT
The accident rate for Elantra drivers is 30 percent over the national average. The percentage of Hyundai Elantra drivers with a prior at-fault accident is 25.36 percent. Like most of the cars mentioned, the Elantra sells at a low MSRP of $20,650, and it has a bevy of standard safety features.
The WRX is well-known as a speedy, yet pretty affordable, sports couple. However, WRX drivers have a bit of a reputation with the most speeding tickets of any other car model. Subaru WRX drivers also exceed the national average for accidents by 32 percent. About 25.82 percent of WRX drivers have prior at-fault accidents.
The third Subaru on the list, the Crosstrek is a compact SUV with a relatively low base price of $22,245. Subaru Crosstrek drivers are involved in at-fault accidents 32 percent more than the average driver. The percentage of Crosstrek drivers with prior at-fault accidents is nearly 26 percent.
The amount of Q50 drivers with prior at-fault accidents is over 26 percent, and they get into accidents 33 percent more often than the average driver. What makes the Infiniti Q50 stand out is that it's one of the most expensive models on the list with a base price of well over $36,000. The Q50 fits into the luxury AWD sedan category, which is another outlier compared to the rest of the list.
Reasons and Consistency
The interesting thing about this list is that these models are consistently higher than average when it comes to accidents. Many of the cars in this list for 2020 also made the list in 2019. There's one common factor in the vast majority of the vehicles on this list, and that's that they're very much on the affordable end of the spectrum. Most of the vehicles are also compact cars and crossovers. Only the Wrangler Unlimited and the Q50 were at the higher end of the average car price in America as well as being larger vehicles.
Most vehicles on this list are affordable, economical, and have high safety ratings, which makes them popular among the average consumer looking for a daily driver or commuter vehicle. That may be part of the reason for the higher accidents. Most of these vehicles are likely used as commuter vehicles. The good news is that most of these vehicles are also designed to minimize damage and keep passengers safe.
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