2018 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+

2018 Kia Rio 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after June 2018

Small cars

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Honda Insight 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after December 2017

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Kia Forte 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights; applies only to sedans

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Kia Niro hybrid 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Subaru Crosstrek 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after April 2018

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Subaru Impreza 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Subaru WRX 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after September 2017

Top Safety Pick+

2018-19 Kia Optima 4-door sedan

2018 models with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after January 2018

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after September 2017

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Toyota Camry 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Large cars

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Toyota Avalon 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick+

2018 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Genesis G80 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Genesis G90 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Lexus RC 2-door coupe

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Lincoln Continental 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

with specific headlights; applies only to 4-door sedans

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Hyundai Kona 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after May 2018

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Mazda CX-5 4-door SUV

with specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after March 2018

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Honda Pilot 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018-19 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights for 2018 models;
with specific headlights for the redesigned 2019 models

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after June 2017

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Ascent 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Acura RDX 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 BMW X3 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
applies only to vehicles built after March 2018

2018 criteria

Top Safety Pick +

To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.

Top Safety Pick

To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

Vehicles with optional front crash prevention qualify for either award only when equipped with the technology.

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