IIHS Releases Top Safety Pick Winners
November 25, 2008
The cars of today are safer than ever, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's list of Top Safety Pick winners. The award designates that the vehicle tested excels in protecting occupants in the event of front, side, and rear collisions.
The Top Pick list contains 72 vehicles, more than ever before. The IIHS attributes this to the abundance of standard safety features, including stability control and side airbags.
Notable absences from the list include the Smart Fortwo -- the institute claims the vehicle has inadequate head restraints -- and the Toyota Prius, which lacked satisfactory rear crash protection. Not one product from Chrysler was deemed a top-pick; according to the institute, the Avenger, Sebring, Grand Caravan and Town & Country came close, but each lacked proper head restraint design.
Honda, Acura and Subaru, on the other hand, took a win in every class. Just about every car from the lineup of these three manufacturers was deemed a top pick.
Below, we've included the full list of winners.
Large carsAcura RLAudi A6Cadillac CTSFord TaurusLincoln MKSMercury SableToyota AvalonVolvo S80
Midsize carsAcura TL, TSXAudi A3, A4BMW 3 series 4-door modelsFord Fusion with optional electronic stability controlHonda Accord 4-door modelsMercedes C classMercury Milan with optional electronic stability controlSaab 9-3Subaru LegacyVolkswagen Jetta, Passat
Midsize convertiblesSaab 9-3Volkswagen EosVolvo C70
Small carsHonda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability controlMitsubishi Lancer with optional electronic stability controlScion xBSubaru Impreza with optional electronic stability controlToyota Corolla with optional electronic stability controlVolkswagen Rabbit
MinicarHonda Fit with optional electronic stability control
MinivansHonda OdysseyHyundai EntourageKia Sedona
Large SUVsAudi Q7Buick EnclaveChevrolet TraverseGMC AcadiaSaturn Outlook
Midsize SUVsAcura MDX, RDXBMW X3, X5Ford Edge, Flex, Taurus XHonda PilotHyundai Santa Fe, VeracruzInfiniti EX35Lincoln MKXMercedes M classNissan MuranoSaturn VUESubaru TribecaToyota FJ Cruiser, HighlanderVolvo XC90
Small SUVsFord EscapeHonda CR-V, ElementMazda TributeMercury MarinerMitsubishi OutlanderNissan RogueSubaru ForesterToyota RAV4Volkswagen Tiguan
Large pickupsFord F-150Honda RidgelineToyota Tundra
Small pickupToyota Tacoma