66 Vehicles Earn Top Safety Pick Award for 2011

December 22, 2010 No Comments »


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.

Large cars

Buick LaCrosse
Buick Regal
BMW 5 series (except 4-wheel drive and V8)
Cadillac CTS sedan
Ford Taurus
Hyundai Genesis
Infiniti M37/M56 (except M56x 4-wheel drive)
Lincoln MKS
Mercedes E class coupe
Mercedes E class sedan
Toyota Avalon
Volvo S80

Midsize cars

Audi A3
Audi A4 sedan
Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler 200 4-door
Dodge Avenger
Ford Fusion
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Lincoln MKZ
Mercedes C class
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Volvo C30

Small cars

Chevrolet Cruze
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Kia Forte sedan
Kia Soul
Mitsubishi Lancer sedan (except 4-wheel drive)
Nissan Cube
Scion tC
Scion xB
Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback (except WRX)
Toyota Corolla
Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Volkswagen GTI 4-door


Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback built after July 2010


Toyota Sienna

Large SUV

Volkswagen Touareg

Midsize SUVs

Audi Q5
Cadillac SRX
Chevrolet Equinox
Dodge Journey
Ford Explorer
Ford Flex
GMC Terrain
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kia Sorento built after March 2010
Lexus RX
Lincoln MKT
Mercedes GLK
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Venza
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC90

Small SUVs

Honda Element
Hyundai Tucson
Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags
Kia Sportage
Subaru Forester
Volkswagen Tiguan

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