Sixty-six vehicles were named TOP SAFETY PICK recipients for 2011, according to a survey released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The total included 40 cars, 25 SUVs, and a minivan, and is up from 58 a year earlier.
Hyundai/Kia and Volkswagen/Audi each had nine winners, while General Motors, Ford/Lincoln, and Toyota/Lexus/Scion took home eight awards apiece.
Subaru was the only manufacturer with a winner in all vehicle classes in which it competed, with five total awards.
The vehicles are evaluated based on results from a 40 mph frontal offset crash test, side impact crash at 31 mph, rear crashes at 20 mph, and a roof strength test.
“More than 12,000 people died in frontal crashes of passenger vehicles in 2009 in the United States, more than 6,000 died in side impacts, and more than 8,000 died in rollovers, many of which also involved a front or side impact,” the report said.
“Rear-end crashes usually aren’t fatal but result in a large proportion of injuries. Neck sprain or strain is the most commonly reported injury in two-thirds of insurance claims for injuries in all kinds of crashes.”
Take a look at the winners to see if your car (or the car you eventually want to drive) made the list.
BMW 5 series (except 4-wheel drive and V8)
Cadillac CTS sedan
Infiniti M37/M56 (except M56x 4-wheel drive)
Mercedes E class coupe
Mercedes E class sedan
Audi A4 sedan
Chrysler 200 4-door
Mercedes C class
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Kia Forte sedan
Mitsubishi Lancer sedan (except 4-wheel drive)
Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback (except WRX)
Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Volkswagen GTI 4-door
Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback built after July 2010
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kia Sorento built after March 2010
Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags