Comparing commercial used car safety ratings

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Comparing commercial used car safety ratings

Monash University Accident Research Centre, in partnership with the NSW Centre for Road Safety, the NRMA and other members of the Vehicle Safety Research Group, analysed records from more than 8.3 million vehicles involved in road crashes and 2 million injured road users in Australia and New Zealand between 1987 and 2017 to produce safety ratings for used cars.

Choosing the right car can make all the difference in keeping your employees safe. Here are the commercial vans and utes that get a 5 star rating.

5 star utes

Make  Model  Year 
Ford  F-Series  01-06 
Ford/Mazda Ranger/BT-50 11-15
Holden/Isuzu Colorado/D-Max 08-11 
Isuzu D-Max 12-17
Mitsubishi Triton  06-15
Nissan Navara 05-14
Volkswagen Amarok 11-17


5 star vans

Make  Model  Year 
Fiat Ducato 02-07 
Hyundai  iLoad  08-17
Mercedes Benz  Sprinter  98-06 
Mercedes Benz  Vito/Viano/Valente 04-15
Volkswagen  Caravelle/Transporter/Multivan  04-15 


Download the full Used Car Safety Ratings Buyers Guide 2019-20.

How are safety ratings calculated?

The ratings are created by using records from over 8 million vehicles involved in police-reported road crashes. The vehicle’s size, weight, design and safety features are all taken into account. Driver behaviour, road environment, vehicle condition, gender and age also contribute to the data.

Vehicle safety features

Newer vehicles often have the most up to date safety technology, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find safe used vehicles. Keep an eye out for these safety features when you’re buying a used vehicle.

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking, including Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection
  • Anti-lock Brake System
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Front, side, curtain and knee airbags
  • Lane departure warning and assist
  • Seatbelts with pretension devices designed to work with airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Reversing sensors and/or cameras

Is your next vehicle safe?

There are many factors to consider when buying a used vehicle, including age, wear and tear, and previous incidents. So if you’re in the market to purchase a used vehicle, it’s a great idea to book a mobile vehicle inspection with us.

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