Coolest And Safest Vehicles
Coolest And Safest Vehicles

If you don't need a lot of extra space for kid gear there are many economical and stylish cars that are also considered to be very safe. These may suit first time drivers, singles, couples or weekend cars for parents.

Many of these cool cars are fuel efficient, compact in design, great looking, and affordable, with some selling for under $20,000. Wanting a stylish car does not have to mean sacrificing safety. Many of these cars are compact in design; however, safety is of great concern and cars come equipped with standard safety features.

There are five cars that ranked high in the 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks, which were considered the coolest cars to drive:

1) 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS - Offers a compact design that seats a maximum of five passengers. It commands a 148-horsepower and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. This model comes with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission. It has great gas mileage at 29 miles per gallon for city driving, and 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Its safety features include six airbags throughout the vehicle, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a vehicle stability management system for a smooth riding and handling experience.

2) 2011 Kia Fate 5-Door Hatchback EX - This economical and stylish vehicle comes with 156- horsepower and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The models come in both 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The average miles per gallon is 25 miles for city driving and 36 miles for highway driving. The safety features include full-length side air bags that completely surround the car, as well as dual front seat mounted side air bags, and direct front facing air bags on both the driver and passenger sides.

3) 2011 Subaru Impreza - Listed as one the most inexpensive stylish vehicles, it is highly rated for its outstanding road handling capabilities with standard safety features. It comes in either a four or five door model. It powers a 170-horsepower and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The vehicle gets an average of 20 miles per gallon for city driving and 27 miles per gallon for highway driving.

4) 2011 Kia Sportage - This compact, stylish front wheel drive vehicle, commands a 176- horsepower and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This model only comes in a 6-speed manual transmission. It gets 21 miles per gallon on city driving and 29 miles per gallon on highway driving.

5) 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer DE - This vehicle has been rated as a highly economical vehicle with a very attractive design. It has a 148-horsepower and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It only comes with a manual transmission, reaching approximately 24 miles per gallon in city driving, and 33 miles per gallon on highway driving. Its design also encompasses a strong road handling capability, and comes with standard safety features.

Vehicle safety features are very important to all drivers, as much time is spent in road transportation. No matter the style a driver is looking for, safety is becoming a standard feature in a variety of vehicle models, from economical to luxury.

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