While some of you single guys and gals out there are somewhat concerned about a car’s safety ratings, this is arguably a more important point of consideration for families with small children.
You only want the best for your family after all
The ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP) continuously tests newly released models in the region for child occupant protection (COP). The said tests include frontal impact, and side impact tests similar to those performed for adult safety assessment.
The ASEAN NCAP also tests for child restraint installation or installation assessment. The organization also tests for what it calls “vehicle-based assessment.” This involves ISOFIX usability, provision of three-point seat belts, installation of child booster seats, etc.
So, here are the 10 safest vehicles for children available in the Philippines as tested by the ASEAN NCAP.
1. Honda Accord
The current highest-scoring vehicle in terms of child occupant safety in the ASEAN NCAP is the Honda Accord with a non-weighted score of 45.62 out of a maximum of 49.
Of note, the Honda Accord is also the best model in terms of installation assessment. It also got a perfect score for the COP side impact test, and for installation assessment.
2. Honda CR-V
Also scoring high for COP is the Honda CR-V with a non-weighted score of 44.76 out of 49. This makes it one of the safest crossovers for child occupants available in the Philippines right now.
3. Honda City
Coming in next is the latest Honda City with a non-weighted score of 44.72 over 49. The Honda-made sedan is also among the best for providing child occupant frontal impact protection with a perfect score of 16 over 16.
4. Toyota Camry
Another sedan on this list is the Toyota Camry. It also has a COP frontal impact test score of 16 out of 16, 8 out of 8 for side impact, and a non-weighted score of 44.44 out of 49.
5. Toyota Corolla Cross
Up next is the Toyota Corolla Cross with a non-weighted score of 44.35 out of 49. The crossover also acquired a perfect score for protecting kids from frontal impacts and a perfect score for side impacts.
Toyota Corolla Cross
6. Toyota Hilux/Toyota Fortuner
The new Toyota Hilux also scored high for child occupant protection. It managed to rate a non-weighted score of 44.04 out of 49. The Toyota Fortuner also rated high for COP, with a non-weighted score of 43.38 out of 49.
These two Toyota models share the same platform, so the results for the Fortuner were based on the tests performed by its pickup truck brother. Note though that the Toyota-made midsize SUV scored a bit lower for installation assessment, but nevertheless, the difference is negligible.
7. Toyota Innova
Another Toyota on this list is the current Philippine-spec Innova. On the ASEAN NCAP’s COP tests, it managed to get a non-weighted score of 42.17 out of 49. It also managed to get 16 out of 16 in the COP frontal impact test.
Toyota Innova, the quintessential family MPV
8. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Currently, one of the two hybrids tested under the new ASEAN NCAP protocols is the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. During the COP assessment, it got a non-weighted score of 42.1. It also has an 8 out of 8 for the COP side impact test.
Of note, the Ioniq Hybrid is the overall the highest-scoring car for adult occupant safety as well
9. Toyota Rush
On the ASEAN NCAP’s COP tests, the Toyota Rush acquired a non-weighted score of 42.17 out of 49. It also got perfect points for the COP side impact test, as well as the COP frontal impact test.
10. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The second hybrid that went through ASEAN NCAP’s new testing protocols is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. It managed to get a non-weighted score of 41.81 out of 49, and it also got a perfect score in the COP side impact test.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
While this list only features 10 cars, do note that there are many more vehicle models that were tested by ASEAN NCAP that rated high for child occupant safety. That includes the Suzuki Ertiga, BMW 318i, Nissan Terra, Suzu Swift, and many other models.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel