2010 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

2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door sedan

Small cars

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Except Si model

Top Safety Pick

2010 Kia Forte 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Nissan Cube 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Scion xB 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

Except WRX

Top Safety Pick

2010 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Volkswagen Golf 4-door hatchback

4-door models

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Audi A3 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Chrysler Sebring 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Dodge Avenger 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Mercury Milan 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2010 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Volvo C30 2-door hatchback

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Audi A4 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Lincoln MKZ 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan

Large cars

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Buick LaCrosse 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Buick Regal 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door sedan

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2011 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Cadillac CTS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Hyundai Genesis 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Infiniti M37/M56 4-door sedan

Except M56x 4-wheel drive

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Lincoln MKS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Volvo S80 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Honda Element 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Hyundai Tucson 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Jeep Patriot 4-door SUV

With optional side torso airbags

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Sportage 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Dodge Journey 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Ford Flex 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 GMC Terrain 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Subaru Tribeca 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Toyota Venza 4-door SUV

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Audi Q5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Cadillac SRX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Lexus RX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Lincoln MKT 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Volvo XC60 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2010-11 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Minivans

Top Safety Pick

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan

2010 criteria

Top Safety Pick

To qualify for 2010 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and must offer electronic stability control.

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