Top 10 Cars That Get Into Accidents

What does it tell us about cars if some get into the most accidents? Are these owned by careless drivers or unlucky ones?

You might think those models have issues or distractions that lead to these accidents, but the reality is that some of the most accident-prone cars are also some of the safest to drive. Another assumption might be that these cars are the most popular. Still, the team at Insurify chose to review the vehicles with accidents as a percentage of owners of that particular vehicle. If we only took the cars with the most accidents as a whole number, the Toyota Camry, Corolla, and Honda Civic would top the list nearly every year.

Top 10 Accident-Prone Cars from 2020

Hyundai Veloster

This little Hyundai is a sporty model that delivers impressive driving dynamics while sitting low to the ground. While no direct causality relating to Veloster’s sportiness is found, this car was tenth on the list in 2020, with 24.30% of the models getting into accidents.

Mazda3

Another car builds for some fun, the Mazda3, is ninth on the list of vehicles that get into accidents. Offered as either a sedan or hatchback, the Mazda3 is active and energetic and one of the safest cars you can drive. Even so, 24.37% of owners got into accidents.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The Wrangler is widespread, and the Unlimited model has four doors to give owners more room for friends to go along with them. This off-road SUV is made to handle the trails, but it is the vehicle that 24.46% of owners got into collisions in 2020.

Honda HR-V

They are driving the subcompact Honda HR-V. You’ve got an SUV that’s barely larger than a hatchback compact car. This Honda is one of the safest roads, but 24.47% of owners got into collisions in 2020.

Toyota Prius C

Whether it’s due to the low sales number of this car or the slight build and a little carelessness, the Toyota Prius C is one of the cars in the most accidents in 2020. This little car found 24.65% of the models in collisions.

Subaru Impreza

Even though the Subaru Impreza comes with standard AWD, it happens to be one of the cars in a collision more than others during 2020. This car is suitable for many families, but that didn’t prevent 25.2% of them from being in crashes.

Hyundai Elantra GT

This version of the Hyundai Elantra is the hatchback form, and it made for a bit more fun than the sedan model of the Elantra. Whether that fun factor contributed to 25.36% of the Elantra GT models being in an accident or not is unknown.

Subaru WRX

Here we have another car made for a lot of fun. The Subaru WRX is looked at as a rally champion, and it’s a car that saw 25.82% of its models in an accident in 2020. This car is one that many look to for fun, but maybe they shouldn’t if they want to avoid collisions.

Subaru Crosstrek

Here’s a small and active subcompact crossover SUV that many looks at as not much larger than a car. The Subaru Crosstrek has standard AWD, but that didn’t prevent it from making this list, with 25.88% of the models on the road involved in a collision during 2020.

Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 might be a bit of an anomaly on this list. It’s sold in small numbers, so even a few accidents will cause numbers to be up. This car saw 26.25% of its models in an accident during 2020, but that could have only been a few models.

Which Cars were the Most Accident-Prone in 2021

Last year, we saw the names of the cars on the list of the most accident-prone cars changed quite a bit. The top ten vehicles on this list and the percentage of that model in accidents were:

  • Scion FR-S – 15.87%
  • Kia Stinger – 15.75%
  • Subaru WRX – 15.44%
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe – 15.29%
  • Subaru Impreza – 15.10%
  • Infiniti Q60 – 14.93%
  • Mazda CX-3 – 14.90%
  • Toyota Prius V – 14.72%
  • Lexus CT – 14.57%
  • Hyundai Ioniq – 14.45%

You can see that two of the models from 2020 remain on the list for 2021, but most of the names changed with different models that are the cars that are in accidents the most often.

The Numbers Changed Quite a Bit from One Year to the Next

Another item to notice is that from 2020 to 2021, the percentages of cars in accidents are much lower than the previous year. It seems a bit odd that when many people were ordered to stay home during a lockdown, we saw a much higher percentage of accidents than the following year when most people were back at work.

The National Averages Dropped as Well

The overall percentage of cars in accidents during 2020 was a national average of 17.81%, which seems relatively high for a year with lighter traffic on the roads. Does this mean that with fewer drivers, those that were still going to work were more careless than when everyone was? The national average of accidents in 2021 dropped to 10.78% across the board. This allows us to know that more drivers on the road help create a safer overall environment, which shouldn’t be the case, but it is.

Should You Drive the Cars on these Lists?

Just because the cars listed were in the most accidents as a percentage of vehicle ownership doesn’t mean you should avoid these models. Many of the models listed are among the safest vehicles you can drive and enjoy every day. You should be aware that some insurance companies might charge you more to insure these vehicles than others because of the higher percentage of accidents experienced by drivers of those vehicles.

Do you see a car on this list you want to drive? Check with your insurance company and make sure that a vehicle with many accidents isn’t going to cost you a lot more on your premium.