2009 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.

Minicars

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Fit 4-door wagon

Small cars

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Focus 2-door coupe

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Except Si model

Top Safety Pick

2010 Honda Insight 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2010 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010 Mazda 3 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Nissan Versa 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2009 Scion xB 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2009 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

4-door sedan and wagon models

Top Safety Pick

2009-10 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Toyota Prius 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door hatchback

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick

2009 Audi A3 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010 Chrysler Sebring 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Dodge Avenger 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009-10 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Accord 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009-10 Mercury Milan 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009-10 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan

4-door sedan and wagon models

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

4-door sedan and wagon models

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volvo C30 2-door hatchback

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2009 Acura TL 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Acura TSX 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Audi A4 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 BMW 3 series 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Lincoln MKZ 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Saab 9-3 2-door convertible

Top Safety Pick

2009 Saab 9-3 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen CC 4-door sedan

Midsize convertibles

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Eos 2-door convertible

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volvo C70 2-door convertible

Large cars

Top Safety Pick

2010 Buick LaCrosse 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009-10 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mercury Sable 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota Avalon 4-door sedan

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2009 Acura RL 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Audi A6 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Cadillac CTS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Hyundai Genesis 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Lincoln MKS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volvo S80 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Escape 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda CR-V 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Element 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mazda Tribute 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mercury Mariner 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Nissan Rogue 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota RAV4 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2010 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010 Dodge Journey 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Edge 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Flex 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford Taurus X 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010 GMC Terrain 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Pilot 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Hyundai Veracruz 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Nissan Murano 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Saturn VUE 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Subaru Tribeca 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota Venza 4-door SUV

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2009 Acura MDX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Acura RDX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Audi Q5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 BMW X3 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 BMW X5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010 Cadillac SRX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Infiniti EX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010 Lexus RX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010 Lincoln MKT 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Lincoln MKX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009-10 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Large SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2009 Audi Q7 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Buick Enclave 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Chevrolet Traverse 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 GMC Acadia 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2009 Saturn Outlook 4-door SUV

Minivans

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2008 Hyundai Entourage Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2009 Kia Sedona Minivan

Small pickups

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota Tacoma Crew cab pickup

Large pickups

Top Safety Pick

2009 Ford F-150 Crew cab pickup

Top Safety Pick

2009 Honda Ridgeline Crew cab pickup

Top Safety Pick

2009 Toyota Tundra Extended cab pickup

2009 criteria

Top Safety Pick

To qualify for 2009 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, and head restraint tests and must offer electronic stability control.

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