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2004 Car Book Best Bets


Hyundai Accent
Mini Cooper
Kia Spectra


Audi A4
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
BMW 3 Series
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix
Saturn Ion
Subaru Outback
Volkswagen Golf/Jetta


Acura TL
Chrysler Sebring/Dodge Stratus
Hyundai Sonata
Infiniti I35
Saab 9-5
Totota Avalon
Toyota Camry
Volvo 60 Series


Chrysler 300M/Concorde/Intrepid
Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis/M

2003 Car Book Quiz – Answers


1. The Honda Civic with a driver death rate of 47 per million vehicle years of use for all crashes is the best. The huge 4W-drive Chevrolet Suburban has a death rate of 53 just above the vaunted Mercedes C-class at 52. The Ford Taurus is 81. Really bad is the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer at 195, four times higher than the Civic.