2021 Top Safety Picks

Vehicles that perform best in our evaluations qualify for Top Safety Pick, which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+, which was inaugurated in 2013.

These awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories during a given year. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Thus, a small car that qualifies for an award might not protect its occupants as well as a bigger vehicle that doesn't earn the award.

Small cars

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Honda Civic 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2021 Honda Civic 4-door hatchback

with specific headlights and does not apply to Type R performance variant

Top Safety Pick

2021 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Honda Insight 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Hyundai Veloster 2-door hatchback

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Kia Forte 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mazda 3 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mazda 3 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Nissan Sentra 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Subaru Crosstrek 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Subaru Impreza 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Subaru WRX 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Toyota Corolla 4-door hatchback

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Honda Accord 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Kia K5 4-door sedan

built after November 2020

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mazda 6 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Nissan Maxima 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after November 2020

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Toyota Camry 4-door sedan

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Acura TLX 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Audi A4 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Audi A5 Sportback 4-door hatchback

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 BMW 2 series Gran Coupe 4-door sedan

with specific headlights
applies only to vehicles built after December 2020

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 BMW 3 series 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Lexus ES 350 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Lexus ES 350 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Lexus IS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan

built after January 2021 with optional front crash prevention

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Tesla Model 3 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Volvo S60 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Volvo S60 Recharge 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo V60 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Volvo V60 Cross Country 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo V60 Recharge 4-door wagon

Large cars

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Kia Stinger 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2021 Kia Stinger 4-door hatchback

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Volkswagen Arteon 4-door hatchback

with specific headlights

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Audi A6 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Audi A6 allroad 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Audi A7 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Genesis G70 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after June 2021

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Genesis G70 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Genesis G80 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Genesis G90 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

built after November 2020 with optional front crash prevention

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo S90 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after September 2020

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo S90 Recharge 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after September 2020

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo V90 4-door wagon

applies only to vehicles built after September 2020

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country 4-door wagon

applies only to vehicles built after September 2020

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Buick Encore GX 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Ford Bronco Sport 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2021 Ford Escape 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Honda CR-V 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Hyundai Kona 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Hyundai Tucson 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2021 Hyundai Tucson 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Hyundai Venue 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Kia Seltos 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after August 2020

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Kia Sportage 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Lexus UX 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Lincoln Corsair 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mazda CX-3 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mazda CX-30 4-door SUV

built after September 2020

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mazda CX-5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 4-door SUV

built after June 2021

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Nissan Rogue 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2021 Toyota C-HR 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Toyota RAV4 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Toyota Venza 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Volvo XC40 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Volvo XC40 Recharge 4-door SUV

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2021 Chevrolet Traverse 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Ford Edge 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Ford Explorer 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Hyundai Palisade 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

built after July 2021

Top Safety Pick

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Kia Telluride 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mazda CX-9 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Nissan Murano 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Subaru Ascent 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Acura MDX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Acura RDX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Audi Q5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Audi Q5 Sportback 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2022 BMW X5 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Cadillac XT6 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2022 Genesis GV70 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Genesis GV80 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Hyundai Nexo 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Lexus NX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Lexus RX 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Lincoln Aviator 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick

2021 Lincoln Nautilus 4-door SUV

with specific headlights
applies only to vehicles built after March 2021

Top Safety Pick

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo XC60 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Volvo XC90 Recharge 4-door SUV

Large SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Audi e-tron 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Audi e-tron Sportback 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2021-22 Audi Q8 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Minivans

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

applies only to vehicles built after September 2021

Top Safety Pick+

2021-22 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2022 Kia Carnival Minivan

built after March 2021 and with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2021 Toyota Sienna Minivan

Small pickups

Top Safety Pick

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Crew cab pickup

with specific headlights

Large pickups

Top Safety Pick

2021 Ford F-150 Crew cab pickup

with specific headlights
applies only to vehicles built after June 2021

Top Safety Pick

2021 Ford F-150 Extended cab pickup

with specific headlights
applies only to vehicles built after June 2021

Top Safety Pick

2021 Ram 1500 Crew cab pickup

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2021 criteria

Top Safety Pick +

  • G Good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests
  • AdvancedSuperior Advanced or superior rating for available front crash prevention — vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations
  • AGAcceptable or good headlights standard

Top Safety Pick

  • G Good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests
  • AdvancedSuperior Advanced or superior rating for available front crash prevention — vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations
  • AGAcceptable or good headlights available

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