What are the safest vehicles for children in the Philippines?

Updated Nov 17, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

Guess what, the best vehicle for child occupant safety right now is a sedan.

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.

A picture of a family riding an SUV

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.

The Honda Accord

Honda Accord

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.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

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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.

Honda City

Honda City

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.

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

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

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.

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux

>>> Related: 2021 Toyota Hilux gets 5-star safety rating from ASEAN NCAP

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

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.

A picture of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

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.

Toyota Rush

Toyota Rush

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

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

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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