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IIHS Releases Top Safety Picks for Vehicles in 2016

Posted on January 30, 2016 in

The advancements in vehicle technology, as well as the continued focus on improving vehicle safety features, seems to be having a positive impact on the overall safety of cars, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added four more cars to its 2016 Top Safety Pick list.

According to IIHS, these vehicles included the Honda Civic 4-door, the Hyundai Sonata, the Lexus RX and the Nissan Altima. These vehicles joined a list of 48 other top safety picks (see list below) that have remained on the list since at least 2015.

“We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” IIHS President Adrian Lund told Forbes Magazine in December 2015.“For the first time, a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test is a requirement to win, in addition to an available front crash prevention system.”

How the IIHS Chooses the Top Vehicle Safety Picks

In order to qualify for IIHS’ 2016 Top Safety Pick, a car needs to earn a good rating in five crashworthiness tests, according to IIHS officials. These five tests include the:

  • Small overlap front test
  • Moderate overlap front test
  • Side test
  • Roof strength test
  • Head restraint test.

Vehicles equipped with optional front crash prevention quality packages qualified for either a regular rating or a plus rating.

Below is an overview of the 2016 Top Safety Car Picks by the IIHS (* indicates vehicles that have earned an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention):


2016 Scion iA*

Small Cars:

2016 Acura ILX*

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Honda Civic*

2016 Kia Soul

2016 Lexus CT 200h*

2016 Mazda 3* – 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Subaru Crosstrek*

2016 Subaru Impreza*

2016 Subaru WRX*

2016 Volkswagen Golf* – applies only to 4-door and SportWagen models

2016 Volkswagen GTI* – applies only to 4-door models

Midsized Moderately Price Vehicles:

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited – available only to fleets

2016 Chrysler 200*

2016 Honda Accord 2-door coupe*

2016 Honda Accord 4-door sedan*

2016 Hyundai Sonata* – applies only to cars manufactured after October 2015

2016 Mazda 6*

2016 Nissan Altima*

2016 Nissan Maxima*

2016 Subaru Legacy*

2016 Subaru Outback*

2016 Toyota Camry*

2016 Toyota Prius v*

2016 Volkswagen Jetta*

2016 Volkswagen Passat*

Large Family Cars:

2016 Toyota Avalon*

Large Luxury Cars:

2016 Acura RLX*

2016 Audi A6* – applies only to vehicles built after January 2015.

2016 Hyundai Genesis*

2016 Infiniti Q70* – does not apply to V8 4-wheel-drive models

2016 Lexus RC*

2016 Mercedes E-Class*

2016 Volvo S80

Small SUVs:

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Fiat 500X*

2016 Honda CR-V*

2016 Hyundai Tucson*

2016 Mazda CX-5*

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander*

2016 Nissan Rogue

2016 Subaru Forester*

2016 Toyota RAV4*

Midsize SUVs:

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 GMC Terrain

2016 Honda Pilot*

2016 Kia Sorento

2016 Nissan Murano*

2016 Toyota Highlander*

Midsize Luxury SUVs:

2016 Acura MDX*

2016 Acura RDX*

2016 Audi Q5*

2016 Infiniti QX60

2016 Lexus NX*

2016 Lexus RX*

with optional front crash prevention

2016 Mercedes GLE-Class

2016 Volvo XC60*

2016 Volvo XC90*

Large SUVs:

2017 Audi Q7


2016 Honda Odyssey

2016 Kia Sedona

Large Pickups:

2016 Ford F-150

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