After several announcements of various models that were awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating, the IIHS has released its full list of its safest cars for 2013.
In total, 13 vehicles were awarded the new Top Safety Pick Plus award including: the Acura TL, Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200 sedan, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord (coupe and sedan), Kia Optima, Nissan Altima sedan, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Suzuki Kizashi, Volkswagen Passat, and Volvo S60.
29 models have been evaluated by the IIHS in its new small overlap frontal crash test, with the previously mentioned 13 receiving the highest level of all-around crash protection. Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least four of the five evaluations, with no less than an acceptable on the fifth test.
In addition, IIHS announced that 117 additional vehicles earned a Top Safety Pick rating which means those vehicles have good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover, and rear tests, regardless of their small overlap test rating.
“Models that earn Top Safety Pick also offer outstanding protection in many crashes,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “These vehicles are much safer choices than most vehicles on the market just five years ago.”