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Insurance Group Names Safest Cars for 2013

Crash DummyWhat are the safest cars to drive in 2013? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released its list of Top Safety Picks for the new year. The list includes 130 car models in 12 categories ranging from minicars to large pickups. Of these 130 top safety picks, 13 received the IIHS’s highest rating, Top Safety Pick+.

The IIHS rates vehicles as “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal” or “poor” based on their performance in a variety of tests:

  • Moderate overlap frontal crash
  • Small overlap frontal crash
  • Side impact and rollover
  • Evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts

Top Safety Pick+ winners must earn “good” ratings for occupant protection in at least four of these five evaluations, and no less than an “acceptable” rating in the fifth test.

The 13 Top Safety Pick+ winners for 2013 are:

  • Chrysler 200 (4-door models)
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Ford Fusion (built after December 2012)
  • Honda Accord (2-door model)
  • Honda Accord (4-door model)
  • Kia Optima
  • Nissan Altima (4-door models built after November 2012)
  • Subaru Legacy (built after August 2012)
  • Subaru Outback (built after August 2012)
  • Suzuki Kizashi
  • Volkswagen Passet (built after October 2012)
  • Acura TL
  • Volvo S60

Eleven of the 13 Top Safety Pick+ winners are from the “Midsize Moderately Priced Cars” category. The remaining two, the Acura TL and Volvo S60, are from the “Midsize Luxury/Near Luxury Car” category. No vehicles from the remaining 10 categories qualified for the IIHS’s top safety rating.

The IIHS noted that a Top Safety Pick+ rating does not necessarily mean safest overall, just within a category. In a collision involving a large, heavy car and a small, light one, the large, heavy car is most likely to fare better.

You can read the IIHS’s full report at

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