This Just In: Laws of Physics Still Apply


You can rest easy: According to the natural laws of physics still apply — bigger vehicles with more mass are more likely to keep their passengers safer and inflict more damage to smaller, less massive cars.

In a pair of reports by (link), the vehicles with the highest average property damage costs in an accident are also some of the biggest and safest pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the U.S.

According to's most recent survey of 2014 model vehicles, the 10 vehicles most likely to cause the most property damage — largely due to mismatched bumper heights (caused by lack of federal regulation for standardized bumper heights on all vehicles) — are:

  1. Ford F-250
  2. GMC Sierra 2500
  3. Ford F-350
  4. Ram 1500
  5. Infiniti QX80
  6. Dodge Durango
  7. Toyota Tundra
  8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  9. Cadillac Escalade
  10. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Additionally, the best vehicles for preventing serious injuries to passengers run parallel to the property-damage leaders because of their size and mass. And the worst cars for protecting passengers fall into the small-car categories. Here are the best 2014 vehicles for protecting passengers, followed by the worst.


  1. Ford F-350
  2. GMC Sierra 2500
  3. Porsche Cayenne
  4. Ford F-250
  5. GMC Yukon
  6. Volvo XC90
  7. Ram 1500
  8. Chevy Silverado 1500
  9. Cadillac Escalade
  10. BMW X1


  1. Toyota Yaris
  2. Fiat 500
  3. Toyota Corolla
  4. Mitsubishi Lancer
  5. Nissan Versa
  6. Kia Forte
  7. Nissan Altima
  8. Ford Focus
  9. Chevy Spark
  10. Toyota Camry photo by Mark Williams




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