Boring is no car safety guarantee

List of 20 most dangerous cars includes SUVs, sedans and pickup trucks

Think you're safer in an SUV? Think again.

Cars topping the Forbes "Top 20 Most Dangerous Vehicles" list include a crossover-SUV and two pickup trucks.

While Forbes gets too much into the methodology on how its list is compiled, it makes the good point that frequently crashed cars are not necessarily the most dangerous. (They could simply be the most popular among young and inexperienced drivers.)

And boring does not automatically mean safe. The No. 1 car on the Forbes list, the 2007 Buick Rendezvous crossover SUV touted by Tiger Woods in commercials, got only a three-star rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for frontal impact. It's already being replaced by the 2008 Buick Enclave.

Having a younger brother who did roll over in his Ford Ranger, I was happy to see that it was recognized as the No. 2 most dangerous car. It gets only a three-star rollover rating from the NHTSA, as did Nissan's Frontier, the No. 3 most dangerous car, according to Forbes.

Other vehicles making the list (of which Forbes has a gallery of shame) include: Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Xterra and Jeep Liberty.

And here's a little factoid for you to throw out the next time you hear a soon-to-be-parent complain how they've had to trade in their sports car for a "sensible SUV."

Of the 20 cars, only three sports cars--the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Honda S2000--made the list.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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