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The Safest Cars on the Road

There’s a lot to consider when buying a new vehicle: reliability, fuel efficiency, your budget, and auto insurance rates to name just a few. For many drivers, however, the safety rating is paramount in the car buying decision. In the face of a collision, some vehicles are simply safer than others, and every year, the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes the vehicles that perform best in a bad situation.

Top Safety Pick+ 2017 Edition

IIHS tests evaluate two facets of safety: crashworthiness, and crash avoidance and mitigation. When testing crashworthiness, IIHS examines how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. When testing avoidance and mitigation, they’re looking for vehicles that are (or can be) equipped with technology, like front crash prevention or lane departure warnings, that can prevent a collision or lessen the severity of a crash.

Following the tests, the best of the best are awarded IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ rating. These vehicles have earned good ratings in five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

The following 2017 model year vehicles have been recognized with a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS:

Class of Vehicle
Top Safety Pick+ Award Winners

Small cars
Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Elantra (sedan)
Kia Forte
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars
Honda Accord (sedan)
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry
Toyota Prius v
Volkswagen Jetta

Midsize luxury cars
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 2 series (coupe)
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES 350
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars
Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Large luxury cars
BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lexus RC
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Small SUVS
Honda CR-V
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs
Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Audi Q5
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60

Chrysler Pacifica

Honda Ridgeline

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