Used Car Safety Ratings 2023

This annual guide provides comprehensive information to help you find the safest used car.
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The Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSRs) are based on Monash University Accident Research Centre’s (MUARC) real-world statistical analysis of more than 9 million vehicles involved in police-reported crashes and 2.5 million injured road users in Australia and New Zealand between 1987-2021.

The safety ratings in this publication focus on used vehicles. The ratings provide an indication of the relative risk of death or serious injury to the driver of the vehicle in a crash compared with other vehicles on the road.

In 2023, the ratings have been expanded to focus on not only how a vehicle protects the driver, but also its impact on other road users in a crash and its crash avoidance technology.

“Serious road trauma resulting from the worst-rated car is more than ten times that of the best rated car in the same crash with the same driver.”

Professor Stuart Newstead, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

There are many safe, and affordable, used vehicles to choose from with the ability to significantly reduce your chance of being killed or seriously injured in a crash, or help avoid a crash altogether.

When buying a vehicle, safety should be the priority, and this guide is here to help.