The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates the safety of automobiles based on the number of crash deaths per specific vehicle make and model. Gathering and organizing this data takes years. Therefore, the IIHS has only just recently released the information for the most dangerous vehicles for model years 2005 to 2008, making this information particularly useful to someone in the market for a used vehicle.

The safety study is based on the number of driver-only deaths per million vehicles with 100,000 or more registrations. Research indicated that, excluding poorly-designed pickups, smaller automobiles were the most dangerous. The study also indicated that SUVs were among the safest vehicles. The following is the list of vehicles with the greatest number of deaths:

10. Chevy Colorado Extended Cab. One of the larger automobiles to make the list, the Chevy Colorado Extended Cab 2WD pickup had a recorded 54 per million deaths resulting mostly from single-car collisions.

9. Nissan Versa Sedan. Like the Colorado, the bulk of the Versa’s 54 per million driver deaths came from crashes involving no other vehicle, indicating the car may be hard to maneuver in difficult situations.

8. Hyundai Tiburon. This two-door Hyundai had a recorded 96 deaths per million, two-thirds of which were the result of single-car collisions.

7. Chevrolet Malibu. With an unnerving 99 per million registrant deaths, the Malibu and Malibu Classic did not set the benchmark for safety between 2005 and 2008. Unlike the previously listed vehicles, the majority of Malibu fatal crashes involved other vehicles.

6. Kia Spectra Wagon. The Spectra Wagon posted 102 behind-the-wheel deaths per million registrations, only one-third of which were single-vehicle crashes.

5. Nissan Titan Extended Cab. During the four years evaluated, the Nissan Titan 2WD Extended Cab pickup claimed 111 lives per million registrations. The vast majority of these deaths occurred in single-vehicle accidents.

4. Chevrolet Cobalt. In the spotlight lately for its part in General Motors’ ignition switch fiasco, this four-door sedan had an exceptionally high number of driver deaths at 117 per million registrations.

3. Chevrolet Aveo. The 119 driver deaths per million registrations were divided evenly for the fourth Chevrolet in this top ten.

2. Nissan Titan Crew Cab. Ninety-four out of the 126 driver deaths per million Titan Crew Cab 2WD pickup registrations were associated with single-vehicle accidents.

1. Nissan 350Z. This two-door Nissan tops the list as the single most deadly vehicle between 2005 and 2008 with an astounding 143 driver deaths per million registrations.

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