The 7 Most Dangerous Vehicles on the Road

2012 Ram Pickup 1500 Laramie Limited

Mention the most dangerous vehicles on the road today, and the Ram 1500 pickup truck isn’t likely to make many people’s list. Dangerous to others, perhaps, but certainly not the most dangerous vehicle to ride in.

The smart fortwo? That would make sense.

But, once again, we have proof that we live in a world that doesn’t make much sense. Because, according to the website 24/7 Wall St, which compiled information from Consumer Reports ratings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash safety results, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety vehicle scores and J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, the most dangerous vehicle on the road today is indeed the Ram pickup truck. And the smart’s not even on the list.

The seven vehicles highlighted scored poorly in one area or another in crash testing, typically side or rear impact tests. They all scored badly in rollover testing, with the exception of the Jeep Wrangler.

The seven most dangerous are:

1. Ram 1500
2. Chevrolet Colorado Super Cab
3. Mazda CX-7
4. Mazda CX-9
5. Nissan Pathfinder
6. Jeep Wrangler
7. Suzuki SX4

We all know, though, that safety isn’t a very important factor to U.S. car buyers, and 24/7 Wall St. noted, “In fact, sales of all models are up from last year.”

Would you buy a car knowing it is one of the most unsafe on the road?


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  1. Not only is the Chevy Colorado unsafe in an accident, you are actually more likely to get into an accident with one. When I owned one, I had electrical problems that would make the tail lights stop working and sometimes other exterior lights including headlights. There were two recalls on the tail lights but that didn’t fix anything. Sometimes the electrical problems would make to door locks stop working so when shifting out of park your door don’t lock which was a concern if I was driving with kids since the doors cannot be locked without power. I also had it stall at highway speeds a couple of times and nearly got nailed by a pickup that was tailgating me in one of these incidents. Knowing how unsafe and unreliable the Colorado is I would never consider buying one again even if some publication declared the Colorado the safest car on the road!

  2. WOW! Some people are so touchy about their cars, attacking like you just criticized their child.
    “trash journalism and specious reasoning” & “Chrysler gm Mazda and Nissan should sue the crap out of you guys for publishing this slander.” Seriously? Such passion about for the ridiculous. Come on guys, you didn’t build these cars yourself, you don’t own the companies. Let this man do his job.
    The safest car in the world can be a death trap if an unsafe driver is behind the wheel.
    When it comes to purchasing a car, everyone should put the time into researching it’s safety. So to answer your question, I personally wouldn’t buy a car that I knew was unsafe.
    I am actually surprised by this list. Thanks for sharing tgriffith. :)

  3. So much of safety depends on the driver. Drive defensively and you’re in a safe car. Drive recklessly and you’re in a dangerous car.

  4. Remember, this list was compiled using info from a number of credible auto sources. I’ve driven all of these vehicles and been impressed by all of them (well, maybe not the fourtwo and the old Colorado) and wouldn’t hesitate to buy should one suit my needs.

  5. this article is null and void it and chrysler gm mazda and nissan should sue the crap out of you guys for publishing this slander. there is no truth whatsoever i this article…. pitiful

  6. The most dangerous vehicles on the roads are the ones with the highest death rates and serious injuries, not the ones that some computer geek in a dark office picks off lists on internet sites. The entire article is a prime example of trash journalism and specious reasoning.

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