IIHS Top Vehicle Safety Picks Of 2016

Car Safety Ratings For 2016 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 2016 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.

2016 Top Safety Picks By Category

Minicars

Scion iA

Small Cars

Acura ILX (with optional front crash prevention)

Chevrolet Sonic (with optional front crash prevention)

Honda Civic (with optional front crash prevention)

Kia Soul (with optional front crash prevention)

Lexus CT 200h (with optional front crash prevention)

Mazda 3
sedan | hatchback
(with optional front crash protection)

Nissan Sentra (with optional front crash protection)

Subaru Crosstek (with optional front crash protection)

Subaru Impreza (with optional front crash protection)

Subaru WRX (with optional front crash protection)

Volkswagen Golf (with optional front crash prevention and applies only to 4-door and SportWagen models)

Volkswagen GTI (with optional front crash prevention and applies only to 4-door models)

Midsize Moderately Priced Cars

Chevrolet Malibu Limited (with optional front crash prevention and only available to fleets)

Chrysler 200
(with optional front crash protection)

Honda Accord 2-door coupe (with optional front crash protection)

Honda Accord 4-door sedan (with optional front crash protection)

Hyundai Sonata (with optional front crash prevention and applies only to vehicles built after October 2015)

Mazda 6 (with optional front crash prevention)

Nissan Altima (with optional front crash prevention)

Nissan Maxima (with optional front crash prevention)

Subaru Legacy
(with optional front crash prevention)

Subaru Outback
(with optional front crash prevention)

Toyota Camry
(with optional front crash prevention)

Toyota Prius v (with optional front crash prevention)

Volkswagen Jetta (with optional front crash prevention)

Volkswagen Passat (with optional front crash prevention)

Midsize Luxury/Near Luxury Cars

Audi A3 (with optional front crash prevention)

BMW 2 series (with optional front crash prevention)

Lexus ES 350 (with optional front crash prevention)

Volvo S60

Volvo V60

Large Family Cars

Toyota Avalon (with optional front crash prevention)

Large Luxury Cars

Acura RLX

Audi A6 (with optional front crash prevention and applies only to vehicles built after January 2015)

Hyundai Genesis (with optional front crash prevention)

Infiniti Q70 (with optional front crash prevention and does not apply to V8 4-wheel-drive models)

Lexus RC (with optional front crash prevention)

Mercedes E class (with optional front crash prevention)

Volvo S80

Small SUVs

Buick Encore (with optional front crash prevention)

Fiat 500X (with optional front crash prevention and applies only to vehicles built after July 2015)

Honda CR-V (with optional front crash prevention)

Hyundai Tucson (with optional front crash prevention)

Mazda CX-5
(with optional front crash prevention)

Mitsubishi Outlander
(with optional front crash prevention)

Nissan Rogue (with optional front crash prevention)

Subaru Forester
(with optional front crash prevention)

Toyota RAV4 (with optional front crash prevention)

Midsize SUVs

Chevrolet Equinox (with optional front crash prevention)

GMC Terrain (with optional front crash prevention)

Honda Pilot (with optional front crash prevention)

Kia Sorento (with optional front crash prevention)

Nissan Murano (with optional front crash prevention)

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
(with optional front crash prevention)

Acura RDX (with optional front crash prevention)

Audi Q5 (with optional front crash prevention)

Infiniti QX60 (with optional front crash prevention)

Lexus NX (with optional front crash prevention)

Lexus RX (with optional front crash prevention)

Mercedes GLE-Class

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC90

Minivans

Honda Odyssey (with optional front crash prevention)

Kia Sedona (with optional front crash prevention)

Large Pickups

Ford F-150 (with optional front crash prevention)

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