Anecdotally, it's long been thought that the beefier structure and larger size of trucks and SUVs protect occupants better. A study from insurance industry Website bears this belief out. In the list of the top 10 vehicles for protecting passengers from injuries, every single model was a truck, SUV, or crossover. Unsurprisingly, trucks and SUVs also generally inflict more damage in accidents than passenger cars, as well.

Conversely, the worst vehicles for protecting passengers from injuries were mostly compact cars, but surprisingly, a few midsize sedans made the list, including the Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. Some of the vehicles on the top 10 list are not surprising, which includes the Ford F-250 and F-350, GMC Sierra 2500, and Cadillac Escalade. However, not all the vehicles were of that size and bulk, with the Volvo XC90 and BMW X1 crossovers also making the list.

Although trucks and SUVs have an inherent advantage due to their heavier weight, higher driving position, and generally beefier structures, the study also said the gap in occupant protection between cars and trucks is getting smaller thanks to the migration of advanced safety features previously exclusive to high-end luxury cars to more mainstream midsize and compact models, such as side airbags, automatic braking, and high-strength safety cages.

Source: Best Vehicles for Protecting Passengers from Injuries
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. Chevrolet Silverado
9. Cadillac Escalade
10. BMW X1