IIHS Top Vehicle Safety Picks Of 2021

Car Safety Ratings for 2021 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.

To qualify for a 2021 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests—small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints—as well as a basic rating for front crash prevention.

2021 Top Safety Pick+ Winners by Category

Small Cars

Honda Insight

Mazda 3 hatchback

Mazda 3 sedan

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Midsize Cars

Honda Accord

Kia K5

Mazda 6

Nissan Altima

Nissan Maxima

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Outback

Toyota Camry

Midsize Luxury Cars

Acura TLX

Lexus ES 350

Lexus IS

Tesla Model 3

Volvo S60

Volvo S60 Recharge

Volvo V60

Volvo V60 Recharge

Large Luxury Cars

Audi A6

Audi A6 Allroad

Audi A7

Genesis G70

Genesis G90

Small SUVs

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-5

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester

Volvo XC40

Midsize SUVs

Ford Explorer

Hyundai Palisade

Mazda CX-9

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Acura RDX

Cadillax XT6

Hyundai Nexo

Lexus NX

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 Recharge

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 Recharge

Large SUVs

Audi e-tron

Audi e-tron Sportback


Honda Odyssey

Toyota Sienna

GEICO Car Buying Service

You've reviewed the top safety picks because you're a careful consumer. You do your homework before making a decision on a car. Now you can shop and buy a new car with even more knowledge and confidence. The GEICO Car Buying Service helps you with information, tools, a low upfront price, and a no hassle, no obligation car-buying experience.

The GEICO Car Buying Service—buying a car the easy way.