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The Safest Cars on the Road

December 1, 2017

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+ 2017-2018 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 or 2018 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 2017 Chevrolet Volt
2017-18 Hyundai Elantra (sedan)
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
2017 Kia Forte
2018 Kia Soul
2017 Mazda3
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
2017-18 Subaru Impreza
2018 Subaru WRX
2017 Toyota Corolla
2017 Toyota Prius
2017 Toyota Prius Prime
Midsize cars 2017 Honda Accord (sedan)
2018 Hyundai Sonata
2017-18 Kia Optima
2017 Mazda6
2017 Nissan Altima
2017 Nissan Maxima
2017-18 Subaru Legacy
2017-18 Subaru Outback
2017-18 Toyota Camry
2017 Toyota Prius v
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
Midsize luxury cars 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2017 Audi A3
2017 Audi A4
2017 BMW 2 series (coupe)
2017 BMW 3 series (sedan)
2017 Lexus ES 350
2017 Lexus IS
2017 Volvo S60
2017 Volvo V60
Large cars 2017 Kia Cadenza
2017 Toyota Avalon
Large luxury cars 2017 BMW 5 series
2017-18 Genesis G80
2017 Genesis G90
2017 Lexus RC
2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Small SUVs 2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Hyundai Tucson
2018 Kia Sportage
2017 Mazda CX-3
2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
2017 Nissan Rogue
2017-18 Subaru Forester
2017-18 Toyota RAV4
Midsize SUVs 2017 Honda Pilot
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2018 Kia Sorento
2017 Mazda CX-9
2017 Toyota Highlander
Midsize luxury SUVs 2017 Acura MDX
2017 Acura RDX
2017 Audi Q5
2017 Buick Envision
2017 Lexus NX
2017 Lexus RX
2017-18 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60
Minivans 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
2018 Honda Odyssey
Pickups 2017 Honda Ridgeline

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List updated regularly as IIHS releases testing results.