Who in the right mind would not consider advancements in safety when shopping for a new vehicle TODAY?
Me, because all of those "advancements" come with a price tag as well as adding a level of complication and potential failure points that weren't there before.
Do you tremble in fear at the thought of riding in a vehicle that DOESN'T have airbags, ABS, traction control, rollover control, etc? I don't.
Most of these "safety features" in modern cars are things I did just fine without in the past and don't necessarily need/want now.
I'm happy to have them, as long as they work, but I wouldn't complain if we were able to get vehicles without them either.
And whether a vehicle placed first or last in some arbitrarily created "safety test" would have ZERO impact on whether I chose that vehicle over another one.
Honestly, color is a more important consideration for me and as long as it's not black or dark blue, I don't care a bit about color. IOW if the vehicle with the #1 safety rating was black and the one with the #52 safety rating was blue, green, red or any color BESIDES black, I'd choose the one that wasn't black.