When considering a car to purchase, one of the most important factors is its safety features. Most of you, after all, aren’t just buying a car for yourselves.
In order to provide consumers an overview of a car’s safety capabilities, organizations like the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) pits these models through its very specialized battery of tests.
These include testing for adult occupant protection and child occupant protection through various crash tests. The organization also takes stock of a car model’s available safety assist features. The results are then published on the official ASEAN NCAP website.
ASEAN-NCAP engineers and technicians hard at work
For the benefit of our readers, here’s a list of the ten safest vehicles in the Philippine today according to ASEAN NCAP’s current testing procedures and rating system.
1. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Currently, the car with the highest ASEAN NCAP safety ratings available in the Philippines is the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. In total, the Ioniq Hybrid gained an overall score of 91.98 out of 100, which is equivalent to an overall five-star safety rating.
Hyundai Ioniq undergoing the frontal crash test
2. Honda Accord
Next up is the current Philippine-spec Honda Accord, which has an overall score of 91.79 out of 100. That’s a five-star rating for the Honda-made sedan as well.
The ASEAN-NCAP's frontal impact test for the Honda Accord
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3. Toyota Camry
The current Philippine-spec Toyota Camry ranks third in the current ASEAN NCAP’s safety testing protocols with an overall score of 91.47 out of 100. With that score, the Toyota made sedan managed to bag a five-star safety rating.
Frontal impact testing for the Toyota Camry
4. Honda CR-V
According to the current ASEAN NCAP testing protocols, one of the safest crossovers you can buy right now is the Honda CR-V. It has an overall score of 88.80 out of 100, and that’s equivalent to a five-star rating.
Frontal impact test for the Honda CR-V
5. Toyota Corolla Cross
Next up on this list is the Toyota Corolla Cross. It also did well with an overall score of 88.61 out of 100, which is equivalent to a five-star safety rating. This means that the Corolla-based crossover is also one of the safety crossovers you can get in the Philippines today.
Frontal impact test for the Toyota Corolla Cross
6. Toyota Corolla Altis
The currently available Toyota Corolla Altis also places high on the ASEAN NCAP’s board with a five-star safety rating and an overall score of 88.46 out of 100. Note that this was the second time the ASEAN NCAP assessed the Corolla Altis, and the first time was back in 2014.
The Toyota Corolla Altis during the ASEAN-NCAP's frontal impact test
7. Toyota Fortuner
Next up is the Toyota Fortuner, which is the only midsize, body-on-frame SUV on this list. Note also that the model ASEAN NCAP tested was the new facelifted version. That said, the Fortuner managed to acquire an overall score of 87.46.
Of note, the facelifted Hilux shares the same platform with the new Fortuner so it also got a five-star safety rating as well. It did however score a bit differently in the ASEAN NCAP’s specific safety categories, as such, it didn’t place in this top ten list.
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8. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Another crossover in this list is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which managed to acquire an overall score of 86.75 out of 100. That score is equivalent to a five-star safety rating.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV's frontal impact test
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9. Honda City
The all-new Honda City that’s currently available in the Philippines also ranks high with an overall score of 86.54. As such, it also gets a five-star rating. Note that this is the third time a Honda City model was tested by the ASEAN NCAP. The first was in 2012, and the second was in 2014.
Frontal impact test for the Honda City
10. Toyota Rush
Last but not least is the Toyota Rush seven-seater crossover SUV. Out of 100, the Rush managed to score 85.42. That also makes it eligible for a five-star safety rating.
Frontal impact test for the Toyota Rush
Did the car you’re looking to buy make it on this list? If not, then be aware that we did leave out a significant number of other models that also acquired a five-star safety rating.
This list after all is for the top-ten in terms of overall score according to the latest ASEAN NCAP protocols. That said, we also didn’t include five-star models that were rated with the old ASEAN NCAP protocols.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel