Study: Ford F-Series is the most dangerous vehicle on the road

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

A new study reviewed fatal crash data put out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New analysis from ValuePenguin, a division of LendingTree, has determined the most dangerous vehicles on the road today. Pickup trucks are among the five most dangerous models.

The results of the study were determined by analysts from ValuePenguin studying fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find which cars, trucks and SUVs are most likely to be in fatal crashes.

The data spans the 2014 to 2018 model years and includes many of the most popular cars, trucks, and SUVs in North America. ValuePenguin’s analysis takes into consideration the number of total fatal accidents per model. It makes sense that America’s best-selling vehicles would have more fatal accidents per year because there are more of them on the road.

Since 2018, many automakers have added a host of standard and available safety and driver assist technology to their vehicles. In theory, those additions should decrease the number of fatalities in the coming years.

It’s important to remember that vehicles themselves are not inherently dangerous. It is drivers that put themselves and others at risk by climbing behind the wheel. The likelihood of a fatal crash can be raised by a driver operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner.

Scroll down to see the 25 most dangerous vehicles on the road based on ValuePenguin’s findings.

No. 25 – Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Total fatal crashes: 1,513
Units sold in 2018: 240,032
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.51

No. 24 – Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Total fatal crashes: 1,526
Units sold in 2018: 379,013
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.53

No. 23 – Ford Fusion

2018 Ford Fusion

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 1,550
Units sold in 2018: 173,600
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.53

No. 22 – Nissan Sentra

2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Total fatal crashes: 1,561
Units sold in 2018: 213,046
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.67

No. 21 – Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 1,700
Units sold in 2018: 272,228
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.52

No. 20 – Toyota Tacoma

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Total fatal crashes: 1,763
Units sold in 2018: 245,659
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.54

No. 19 – Chevrolet GMT-400

Fourth Generation Chevrolet C/K (GMT 400)

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 1,851
Units sold in 2018: Not sold in 2018
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.63

No. 18 – Ford Taurus

2017 Ford Taurus

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 1,913
Units sold in 2018: 40,341
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.70

No. 17 – Ford Mustang

2018 Ford Mustang Performance Pack 2

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 1,963
Units sold in 2018: 75,842
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.71

No. 16 – Chevrolet Tahoe

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 2,113
Units sold in 2018: 104,152
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.50

No. 15 – Ford Focus

2018 Ford Focus

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 2,256
Units sold in 2018: 114,045
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 14 – Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Total fatal crashes: 2,304
Units sold in 2018: 224,908
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.52

No. 13 – Chevrolet Malibu

2017–2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 2,345
Units sold in 2018: 144,542
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.64

No. 12 – Ford Ranger

2011 Ford Ranger

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 2,476
Units sold in 2018: Not sold in the U.S. in 2018
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 11 – Chevrolet Impala

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Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 2,804
Units sold in 2018: 56,556
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 10 – GMC Sierra

2017 GMC Sierra

Photo courtesy of GMC

Total fatal crashes: 3,245
Units sold in 2018: 219,554
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.48

No. 9 – Nissan Altima

2017 Nissan Altima

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Total fatal crashes: 3,267
Units sold in 2018: 209,146
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.60

No. 8 – Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer Sport

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 3,332
Units sold in 2018: 261,571
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.61

No. 7 – Toyota Corolla

Toyota C2orolla

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Total fatal crashes: 3,430
Units sold in 2018: 303,732
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.64

No. 6 – Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic Coupe

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Total fatal crashes: 4,397
Units sold in 2018: 325,760
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.70

No. 5 – Ram Pickup

2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Total fatal crashes: 5,897
Units sold in 2018: 536,980
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.43

No. 4 – Toyota Camry

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Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Total fatal crashes: 4,734
Units sold in 2018: 343,439
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.59

No. 3 – Honda Accord

2017–2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Total fatal crashes: 5,079
Units sold in 2018: 291,071
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.65

No. 2 – Chevrolet Silverado

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Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 7,718
Units sold in 2018: 585,581
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.47

No. 1 – Ford F-Series

2018 Ford F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Total fatal crashes: 10,845
Units sold in 2018: 909,330
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.46

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