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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

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

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

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

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)

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

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 Hybrid Photo 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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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 Impala Photo 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

Photo courtesy of GMC

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

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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 C2orolla Photo 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

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

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

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

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 Camry Photo 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 Hybrid Photo 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 LTZ Photo 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

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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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New Amazon Fire TV for Auto technology is debuting in the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are set to be unveiled soon. Ahead of those debuts, Jeep has announced that those vehicles will be the first in the industry to integrate Amazon Fire TV for Auto.

Amazon Fire TV for Auto will give Wagoneer family occupants access to their favorite shows, movies, apps, unique vehicle features, and Alexa. It will communicate directly with the SUV's Uconnect 5 infotainment operating system. Just like in other Amazon devices, content syncs with an existing Amazon account. This means that customers will be able to pause a show in their home and seamlessly continue watching once they get into their vehicle.

"The all-new 2022 model-year Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are designed and engineered to set a new standard for American premium in the large SUV segment," said Christian Meunier, Jeep® Brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis. "Launching Fire TV for Auto as an industry-first technology to the Wagoneer lineup illustrates one of the many ways we intend to deliver class-leading technology and connectivity to our customers."

Amazon The screen for Amazon Fire TV for Auto looks very similar to what you'd see on a TV at your home.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

Amazon

Fire TV for Auto builds on the Fire TV experience that exists today with unique features that include:

  • Passengers can view Fire TV in high definition from the rear seats and the front passenger screen (a privacy filter disables driver viewing). When the vehicle is in park, the driver also can view Fire TV on the main Uconnect 5 screen
  • Touchscreen controls and support for compatible content can be downloaded on trips where wireless service is limited or to save on data
  • A Fire TV for Auto-specific remote provides control of the experience and includes push-to-talk access to Alexa, making it easy to find and quickly play shows
  • The remote includes a button that connects Fire TV with the new Uconnect 5 system for control of vehicle features, such as climate, maps and more

"We reimagined Fire TV for the automobile with a purpose-built experience that delivers the best in entertainment, anywhere you go," said Sandeep Gupta, Vice President and General Manager of Amazon Fire TV. "With Fire TV built in, customers can stream their favorite shows, see if they left the lights on at home with Alexa, and take advantage of unique controls through the Uconnect system."

Fire TV for Auto will be packaged with other connected services and made available in fall 2021 in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

This isn't the first time a Stellantis company has been on the cutting edge of in-vehicle tech. Jeep's stablemate, Ram, was the first to integrate SiriusXM 360L into a vehicle, its 2019 Ram 1500.

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The Nissan GT-R probably isn't the first supercar that comes to mind, but it's worthy of consideration if you're not all about being seen.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

You put the pedal down. A confident growl busts out the back end. The wheels may squeal, and you might too. It's not all about the power, though it has plenty. The 2021 Nissan GT-R delivers the type of drive experience that you're never going to get from an electric vehicle - and it's magnificent.

Godzilla has been in production since 2007 with nips and tucks and add-ons here and there along the way. It's not as sleek or stylish as the Audi E-Tron GT or even Audi's R8. There's no giant wing out back à la McLaren and certainly nothing Italian about it. The GT-R is it's own man.

Even areas of the country that are supercar-heavy, aren't heavy with GT-Rs. A Ferrari or Lamborghini is a bigger status symbol for adoring eyes. It's the real drivers out there who know that a GT-R is perhaps the better investment for someone who wants a supercar to drive, not just to be seen in. Its unique looks are subtle but properly athletic.

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium The car is capable as a daily driver but it can also push the limits during a track day.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

The reason for that starts but doesn't end with Nissan's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. It rests below the hood, not behind your ears, and delivers 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque creating a visceral acceleration experience. It's enough to satisfy you, bring a smile to your face, impress those around you, and make you realize that Godzilla really is a beast.

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission in the GT-R Premium ($113,540 base price) manages the power nicely and shifts relatively smoothly - it's no Ford 10-speed automatic and that's okay. If you want a GT-R with a manual transmission, you'll have to upgrade to the NISMO model. Don't "save the manuals" me. So few people are buying them that they're becoming extinct despite your bumper sticker saying and hashtag. Most supercars don't have them. Nissan is just simply following an industry trend and the DCT is perfectly fine for drivers not spending the majority of their time on a track.

All wheel drive is standard on the model, meaning that the GT-R sticks to the road as you put it through its paces. That also means that you don't need to head home every time there's rainfall or snow in the forecast, and you can take corners a little faster than the local constabulary may prefer.

The car has athletic looks despite not conforming to the typical supercar design language.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

Proper engineering has made the GT-R a great daily driver. It's fun to push it around the twisties on a winding road in the country during a long weekend, but it's also not a bad car to commute or run errands in (it has a real trunk!). Like any good supercar, the GT-R goes right where you want, when you want it, whether you're doing slow speed maneuvering around a neighborhood or putting the throttle down on the highway. The speed-sensitive steering calibration is spot-on.

Parts of the interior are dated, especially when compared to other vehicles in its price point. But none of those parts are enough to make the GT-R even the least bit undesirable. The seats are surprisingly comfortable and the ride isn't too harsh. Analog dials are a nice break for the eyes.

But the real reason you're in the GT-R isn't because of the the amenities. It's because you love to drive. Because you're confident enough to go with Godzilla rather than a flashy Italian or German. Because you understand that the car nicknamed after a fictional monster, and its gasoline-powered ilk, are in danger of going extinct as carbon neutral priorities seem keen on removing the type of visceral fun that internal combustion engines provide.

The car has analog dials in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If we're going to have to make concessions to make the air and water cleaner, it would be nice if, on the other end of the spectrum, the powers that be let us keep having the muscle of the GT-R.

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