The Safest Cars and Trucks You Can Buy in 2017

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

If you’re shopping for a car, minivan or truck, the list will help you find the safest vehicle you can buy in 2017.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced its Top Safety Pick+ award winners for 2017, and new for this year, each vehicle must earn a good (the highest possible rating) or acceptable rating in the new headlight evaluation in order to receive the top award. The other parameters of the test haven’t changed, which means vehicles must also earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention with standard or optional automatic emergency braking.

SEE ALSO: These Are the 38 Safest Cars of 2017

Thanks to the new headlight ratings, just 38 vehicles managed a Top Safety Pick+ award, down from 79 models in 2016.

See the full list of cars, minivans and pickup trucks that earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ below.

Audi A4

Learn more: 2017 Audi A4 Review

Chevrolet Volt

Learn more: 2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier Review

Chrysler Pacifica

Learn more: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review

Genesis G80

Learn more: New Twin-Turbo V6 Joins Genesis G80 Lineup

Genesis G90

Learn more: 2017 Genesis G90 Review

Honda Accord Sedan

Learn more: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

Honda Ridgeline

Learn more: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Review

Hyundai Elantra (sedan only, built after March 2016)

Learn more: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Review

Lexus ES350

Learn more: 2015 Lexus ES300h Review

Lexus RC

Learn more: 2016 Lexus RC 200t Review


Learn more: 2017 Mazda3 2.5L Review


Learn more: 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring Review

Nissan Altima

Learn more: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs Nissan Altima

Nissan Maxima

Learn more: 2016 Nissan Maxima Review

Subaru Legacy

Learn more: 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R vs Chrysler 200S

Subaru Outback

Learn more: 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Review

Toyota Camry

Learn more: 2016 Toyota Camry Review: Curbed with Craig Cole

Toyota Corolla

Learn more: 2016 Toyota Corolla S Plus Review

Toyota Prius (built after August 2016)

Learn more: 2016 Toyota Prius Touring Review

Toyota Prius v

Learn more: Toyota Prius v vs. Ford C-Max Hybrid vs. Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Volkswagen Jetta

Learn more: 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

Volvo S60

Learn more: 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar Review

Volvo V60

Learn more: 2016 Volvo V60 Polestar Review

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Cardboardharley Cardboardharley on Dec 30, 2016

    Never cared about the Safest Car or truck I could buy. Never looked at the vehicle that could get the most fuel milage either. Never, never ever looked at a Hybrid or electric vehicle. Not interested in throwing my money away on that. Always looked at the one I liked the Best. And they had power

  • Mike Mike on Dec 30, 2016

    And there is the Corolla, but no mention of the Civic!!!! Almost all Toyota and Lexus vehicles btw.