The Subaru XV Crosstrek and Hyundai Santa Fe compete in different crossover segments, but both have just been named as Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The two 2013-model-year vehicles earned a "good" rating in moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover, and rear impact tests, joining a number of other IIHS Top Safety Pick vehicles.
As with its predecessor, the newly redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe crossover is also a Top Safety Pick. The Santa Fe hasn't been NHTSA-tested yet, but definitely has ground to make up: the 2012 model got an overall three-star safety rating. Other Top Safety Pick midsize crossovers include the Kia Sorento, Dodge Journey and Durango, Ford Edge and Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Venza and Highlander, plus the Chevrolet Equinox as well as the GMC Terrain.
If those SUVs are a bit too big, the new Subaru XV Crosstrek might be more your size. Just like the Subaru Impreza on which it's based, the XV Crosstrek is a Top Safety Pick. Other small crossovers with that designation include the Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Hyundai Tucson.
Thanks to a marginal rating in the IIHS' rear test, the outgoing Lexus ES wasn't a Top Safety Pick. The 2013 ES 300h and 2013 ES 350 now earn the IIHS award, which can also be said about the Acura TL, outgoing Lincoln MKZ, Buick LaCrosse, and Hyundai Azera. Since the new ES is based on the 2013 Toyota Avalon, we'd be surprised if that new large sedan doesn't also get Top Safety Pick status.