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Study: Ford F-Series is the most dangerous vehicle on the road

A new study reviewed fatal crash data put out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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New analysis from ValuePenguin, a division of LendingTree, has determined the most dangerous vehicles on the road today. Pickup trucks are among the five most dangerous models.

The results of the study were determined by analysts from ValuePenguin studying fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find which cars, trucks and SUVs are most likely to be in fatal crashes.

The data spans the 2014 to 2018 model years and includes many of the most popular cars, trucks, and SUVs in North America. ValuePenguin's analysis takes into consideration the number of total fatal accidents per model. It makes sense that America's best-selling vehicles would have more fatal accidents per year because there are more of them on the road.

Since 2018, many automakers have added a host of standard and available safety and driver assist technology to their vehicles. In theory, those additions should decrease the number of fatalities in the coming years.

It's important to remember that vehicles themselves are not inherently dangerous. It is drivers that put themselves and others at risk by climbing behind the wheel. The likelihood of a fatal crash can be raised by a driver operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner.

Scroll down to see the 25 most dangerous vehicles on the road based on ValuePenguin's findings.

No. 25 - Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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Total fatal crashes: 1,513
Units sold in 2018: 240,032
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.51

No. 24 - Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

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Total fatal crashes: 1,526
Units sold in 2018: 379,013
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.53

No. 23 - Ford Fusion

2018 Ford Fusion

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Total fatal crashes: 1,550
Units sold in 2018: 173,600
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.53

No. 22 - Nissan Sentra

2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO

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Total fatal crashes: 1,561
Units sold in 2018: 213,046
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.67

No. 21 - Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

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Total fatal crashes: 1,700
Units sold in 2018: 272,228
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.52

No. 20 - Toyota Tacoma

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

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Total fatal crashes: 1,763
Units sold in 2018: 245,659
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.54

No. 19 - Chevrolet GMT-400

Fourth Generation Chevrolet C/K (GMT 400)

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Total fatal crashes: 1,851
Units sold in 2018: Not sold in 2018
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.63

No. 18 - Ford Taurus

2017 Ford Taurus

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Total fatal crashes: 1,913
Units sold in 2018: 40,341
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.70

No. 17 - Ford Mustang

2018 Ford Mustang Performance Pack 2

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Total fatal crashes: 1,963
Units sold in 2018: 75,842
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.71

No. 16 - Chevrolet Tahoe

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom

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Total fatal crashes: 2,113
Units sold in 2018: 104,152
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.50

No. 15 - Ford Focus

2018 Ford Focus

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Total fatal crashes: 2,256
Units sold in 2018: 114,045
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 14 - Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Total fatal crashes: 2,304
Units sold in 2018: 224,908
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.52

No. 13 - Chevrolet Malibu

2017\u20132019 Chevrolet Malibu HybridPhoto courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 2,345
Units sold in 2018: 144,542
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.64

No. 12 - Ford Ranger

2011 Ford Ranger

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Total fatal crashes: 2,476
Units sold in 2018: Not sold in the U.S. in 2018
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 11 - Chevrolet Impala

2016 Chevrolet ImpalaPhoto courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 2,804
Units sold in 2018: 56,556
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.68

No. 10 - GMC Sierra

2017 GMC Sierra

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Total fatal crashes: 3,245
Units sold in 2018: 219,554
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.48

No. 9 - Nissan Altima

2017 Nissan Altima

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Total fatal crashes: 3,267
Units sold in 2018: 209,146
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.60

No. 8 - Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer Sport

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Total fatal crashes: 3,332
Units sold in 2018: 261,571
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.61

No. 7 - Toyota Corolla

Toyota C2orollaPhoto courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Total fatal crashes: 3,430
Units sold in 2018: 303,732
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.64

No. 6 - Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic Coupe

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Total fatal crashes: 4,397
Units sold in 2018: 325,760
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.70

No. 5 - Ram Pickup

2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

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Total fatal crashes: 5,897
Units sold in 2018: 536,980
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.43

No. 4 - Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota CamryPhoto courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Total fatal crashes: 4,734
Units sold in 2018: 343,439
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.59

No. 3 - Honda Accord

2017\u20132020 Honda Accord HybridPhoto courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Total fatal crashes: 5,079
Units sold in 2018: 291,071
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.65

No. 2 - Chevrolet Silverado

2014 Chevrolet Silverado LTZPhoto courtesy of Chevrolet

Total fatal crashes: 7,718
Units sold in 2018: 585,581
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.47

No. 1 - Ford F-Series

2018 Ford F-150

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Total fatal crashes: 10,845
Units sold in 2018: 909,330
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.46

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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2022 Nissan Altima: Three things to know

The Nissan Altima is a good value and a comfortable car.

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The Nissan Altima may not get the attention or the praise that the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord get, but it's a solid entry in an ultra-competitive segment. It's also one of few options in its class with available all-wheel drive. We spent a week with the 2022 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition with AWD and came away from the experience impressed. Here are three things to know about the car.

The 2022 Nissan Altima is a Good Value

With a starting price in the mid-$20,000 range and available all-wheel drive, it's hard to complain about value here. The Altima is still reasonably priced at the top end, where it maxes out at around $35,000 before options and fees. That's a great value for a spacious, comfortable car like the Altima, and with all-wheel drive it's a great all-weather commuter.

2022 Nissan AltimaNissan offers the Altima in several configurations.Nissan

2022 Altima Interior Space and Comfort are Generous

It's easy to ignore Nissan's Zero Gravity seats as another marketing buzzword, but they are legitimately comfortable and supportive in a way that not many others are. Available leather upholstery and contrast stitching give the interior an upscale feel, but even lower trims' cloth upholstery feels nice and works well from a visual standpoint. Up front, there's room for both passengers to stretch out, and the driver won't feel cramped on leg or headroom. Back-seat passengers get a similar treatment, as there's plenty of space for adults and kids. Parents will find an easy time loading and unloading car seats as well.

2023 Nissan AltimaThe Altima gets an update for 2023 with fresh styling and more tech.Nissan

The 2023 Nissan Altima Gets an Update

Nissan is refreshing the Altima for 2023 with a facelift, new tech, and better safety features. The new car will go on sale in the fall of 2022 and will come in several trims, including one with Nissan's truck VC-Turbo engine. The Altima's most noticeable update will be its front fascia, which is all-new for 2023. Nissan gives the car a fresh grille design that varies depending on the trim, and LED headlights will be standard. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard, and the Altima is available with all-wheel drive, ProPilot Assist, and more.

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