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Top Safety Picks by year

IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. It also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. The vehicles that perform best in the tests qualify for Top Safety Pick, which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+, which was inaugurated in 2013.

2013 TOP SAFETY PICKs

To qualify for 2013 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, regardless of its rating in the small overlap front test.

To qualify for 2013 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations (moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests) and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

Models that earn Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick are the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories. Size and weight influence occupant protection in serious crashes. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Thus, a small car that's a Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick doesn't necessarily afford more protection than a bigger car that doesn't earn the award.

All 2013 Top Safety Picks are 2013 models unless otherwise noted.

indicates a Top Safety Pick+ winner

indicates a Top Safety Pick winner

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