2019 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.

2019 criteria

Top Safety Pick +

  • G Good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests
  • AdvancedSuperior Advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention
  • G Good headlight rating

Top Safety Pick

  • G Good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests
  • AGAcceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test
  • AdvancedSuperior Advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention
  • AGAcceptable or good headlight rating

Other years