39 vehicles garner TOP SAFETY PICK awards
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just provided a list of their TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards for model year 2014. The institute has raised the bar for safety and now requires that a vehicle receive a "good" or an "acceptable" in the small overlap front crash tests as well as good ratings in the front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
To earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must perform well in crash tests and also provide crash avoidance technology.
Frontal overlap crash tests determine how well front passengers are protected in car accidents in which 25% of a vehicle's front end collides with a fixed object such as a telephone pole or tree or another vehicle.
TOP SAFETY PICK+ Awards
Small Cars: Honda Civic 4-door, Mazda 3 (built after 10/13), Toyota Prius (built after 11/13)
Midsize moderately priced: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord 2-door, Honda Accord 4-door, Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback
Midsize Luxury: Infinity Q50, Lincoln MKZ, Volvo S60
Large Luxury Cars: Acura RLX, Volvo S80
Small SUVs: Mazda CS-5 (built after 10/13), Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester
Midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander
Midsize Luxury SUVs: Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz M-Class (built after 08/13), Volvo XC60
Minivan: Honda Odyssey
TOP SAFETY PICK
Minicar: Chevrolet Spark
Small cars: Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic 2-door, Hyundai Elantra, Scion tC, Subaru Impreza, Subaru XV Crosstek
Midsize moderately priced cars: Chrysler 200 4-door, Dodge Avenger, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry (built after 12/13), Volkswagen Passat
Midsize luxury/near luxury: Acura TL
Small SUV: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Midsize Luxury SUVs: Volvo XC90
See the Institute for Highway Safety website for information on their testing criteria.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We recommend you keep safety in mind when buying or leasing a new car.