Car Safety Ratings for 2013 Vehicles
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides vehicle ratings each year using high-speed front and side crash tests to determine vehicle safety. The IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Car ratings for vehicles not specified below, as well as prior years' top picks, can be found on the IIHS website.
In order for a vehicle to be named a "top safety pick" it must meet the following requirements:
- Earn a "good" rating in all three tests (front, side and rear, mentioned above).
- The vehicle MUST offer electronic stability control (ESC), which has been shown to significantly reduce crashes, especially single-vehicle accidents.
2013 Top Safety Picks by Category
Toyota Yaris hatchback
Midsize Moderately Priced Cars
Midsize Luxury/Near Luxury Cars
BMW 3 series
Large Family Cars
Large Luxury Cars
BMW 5 series
Midsize Luxury SUVs
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