Report: Toyota Absent From Insurance Institute's 'Top Safety Pick' List

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

After smashing up a long list of perfectly good cars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the results along with its list of “Top Safety Pick” vehicles and Toyota isn’t on it. In order to get a “Top Safety Pick” rating, a vehicle must score a “good” rating (the IIHS’s highest rating), in all four crash categories, as well as be available with stability control. Toyota vehicles have been Top Picks for three straight years.

Toyota is the only one of the big six automakers in the U.S. to not have a car on the Top Pick list. Many automakers did, however, have their number of Top Picks reduced, thanks to the new rollover rating. In total the 2010 list is down to 27 vehicles, from 94 last year.

The automaker with the most Top Picks is Ford, but that is due to the fact that it still owns Volvo, which made up four of the six picks. Both Volkswagen and Subaru managed five Top Safety Picks, meaning that every Subaru product is now on the list.

The closest Toyota to making the list was the Camry, losing out only because the IIHS gave it a “marginal” rating for a rear crash due to seats and headrests that don’t provide enough protection against whiplash.

[Source: AutoWeek]

See a full list of the 201o IIHS Top Safety Picks after the jump:

Large cars
— Buick LaCrosse
— Ford Taurus
— Lincoln MKS
— Volvo S80

Mid-sized cars
— Audi A3
— Chevrolet Malibu built after October 2009
— Chrysler Sebring four-door version with optional electronic stability control (ESC)
— Dodge Avenger with optional ESC
— Mercedes C-class
— Subaru Legacy
— Subaru Outback
— Volkswagen Jetta
— Volkswagen Passat sedan
— Volvo C30

Small cars
— Honda Civic four-door version with optional ESC; excludes Civic Si
— Kia Soul
— Nissan Cube
— Subaru Impreza excludes Impreza WRX
— Volkswagen Golf sedan

Mid-sized SUVs
— Dodge Journey
— Subaru Tribeca
— Volvo XC60
— Volvo XC90

Small SUVs

— Honda Element
— Jeep Patriot with optional side thorax airbags
— Subaru Forester
— Volkswagen Tiguan

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