2011 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

2012 Fiat 500 2-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after July 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Fiesta 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after July 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Fiesta 4-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after July 2010

Small cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Volt 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Ford Focus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

except Si model

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Kia Forte 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lexus CT 200h 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mazda 3 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after December 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mazda 3 4-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after December 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mini Countryman 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan

Except 4-wheel drive

Top Safety Pick

2011 Nissan Cube 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Nissan Juke 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Nissan Leaf 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Scion tC 2-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Scion xB 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

Except WRX

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Toyota Prius 4-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after December 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Golf 4-door hatchback

4-door models

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen GTI 4-door hatchback

4-door models

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Audi A3 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chrysler 200 4-door sedan

4-door models

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Avenger 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Kia Optima 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2012 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo C30 2-door hatchback

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Audi A4 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKZ 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen CC 4-door sedan

Does not apply to 4-wheel drive models.

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo S60 4-door sedan

Large cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Buick LaCrosse 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Buick Regal 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chrysler 300 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Charger 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Avalon 4-door sedan

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2012 Audi A6 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan

Except 4-wheel drive and V8 models

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Cadillac CTS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Equus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Genesis 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Infiniti M37/M56 4-door sedan

Except M56x 4-wheel drive

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2-door coupe

Top Safety Pick

2011 Saab 9-5 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo S80 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011 Honda Element 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Hyundai Tucson 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Jeep Patriot 4-door SUV

with optional side torso airbags

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Sportage 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Durango 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Journey 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Edge 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Explorer 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Flex 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 GMC Terrain 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after March 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011 Saab 9-4X 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Tribeca 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Venza 4-door SUV

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Audi Q5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Cadillac SRX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Infiniti EX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lexus RX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKT 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz GLK 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo XC60 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Large SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Buick Enclave 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Traverse 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 GMC Acadia 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door SUV

Minivans

Top Safety Pick

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Sienna Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Volkswagen Routan Minivan

Large pickups

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford F-150 Crew cab pickup

Top Safety Pick

2011 Toyota Tundra Extended cab pickup

2011 criteria

Top Safety Pick

To qualify for 2011 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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