2013 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+

2013 Dodge Dart 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013-14 Ford Focus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Honda Civic 2-door coupe

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Scion tC 2-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Subaru Crosstrek 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

Does not apply to WRX models.

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Chrysler 200 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Dodge Avenger 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after December 2012

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Honda Accord 2-door coupe

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Honda Accord 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Kia Optima 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Mazda 6 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after November 2012

Top Safety Pick+

2013-14 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013-14 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Suzuki Kizashi 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after October 2012

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Acura TL 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Lincoln MKZ 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Volvo S60 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after August 2013

Top Safety Pick+

2013 Volvo XC60 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick+

2013-14 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Minivans

Top Safety Pick+

2014 Honda Odyssey Minivan

2013 criteria

Top Safety Pick

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 driver-side small overlap front test.

Top Safety Pick +

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, driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests) and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

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