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.

Small cars

Top Safety Pick+

2019-20 Honda Insight 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan

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

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Kia Forte 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Kia Niro hybrid 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2020 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Crosstrek 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Impreza 4-door wagon

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru WRX 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Kia Optima 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mazda 6 4-door sedan

with specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after June 2019

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Toyota Camry 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick+

2019 BMW 3 series 4-door sedan

with specific headlights; applies only to 4-door sedans

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Lexus ES 350 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan

with specific headlights; applies only to 4-door sedans

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Tesla Model 3 4-door sedan

Large cars

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Kia Stinger 4-door hatchback

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Toyota Avalon 4-door sedan

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

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Audi A6 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Genesis G70 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Genesis G80 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Genesis G90 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Lincoln Continental 4-door sedan

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

with specific headlights; applies only to 4-door sedans

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Audi Q3 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Hyundai Kona 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Hyundai Tucson 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after March 2019

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mazda CX-5 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

with specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after January 2019

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Toyota RAV4 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Volvo XC40 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2020 Hyundai Palisade 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mazda CX-9 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after June 2019

Top Safety Pick+

2019-20 Subaru Ascent 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2019-20 Acura RDX 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 BMW X3 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 BMW X5 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Hyundai Nexo 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after June 2019

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Lexus NX 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after January 2019

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 4-door SUV

with specific headlights

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 4-door SUV

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

Large SUVs

Top Safety Pick+

2019 Audi e-tron 4-door SUV

Large pickups

Top Safety Pick+

2019-20 Ram 1500 Crew cab pickup

with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights;
applies only to vehicles built after May 2019

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