Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranks vehicles on their crashworthiness and distributes information on the safest vehicles in each size category. Consumers can use this information to ensure that they're choosing the safest possible option the next time they purchase a new car, truck, or SUV. The IIHS began publishing its Top Safety Pick ratings in the 2006 model year; in 2013, it added the Top Safety Pick+ category.

IIHS Ratings Criteria

It's no secret that well-made vehicles can help keep occupants safer in the event of an accident. In addition to evaluating vehicles based on how well they perform in crash tests, the IIHS also considers whether they offer front crash prevention systems designed to help drivers avoid or mitigate accidents.

IIHS Top Safety Pick-rated vehicles performed well in crash tests used to determine moderate overlap front, small overlap front, roof strength, side collision, and head restraint crashworthiness, while also offering at least basic front collision prevention systems. The 2016 Top Safety Picks—all with optional front crash prevention systems enabled—include:

Small Cars

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Kia Soul

2016 Nissan Sentra


Midsize cars

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited


Small/Midsize SUVs

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Nissan Rogue

2016 Chevrolet Equinox


Luxury SUVs

2016 Mercedes GLE-Class



2016 Honda Odyssey

2016 Kia Sedona


Pickup Trucks

2016 Ford F-150


Top Safety Pick+ Vehicles

Top Safety Pick+-rated vehicles performed well in crash tests and offer superior front crash prevention systems. The IIHS's 2016 Top Safety Pick+ vehicles include:



2016 Scion iA


Small Cars

2016 Acura ILX

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Subaru Crosstrek


Midsize Cars

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Subaru Legacy

2016 Audi A3

2016 Lexus ES 350


Large Cars

2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Acura RLX

2016 Audi A6 (vehicles built after January 2015)


Small/Midsize SUVs

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Nissan Murano


Luxury SUVs

2016 Acura MDX

2016 Audi Q5

2016 Lexus NX

Have You Been Injured in an Accident?

Even the safest vehicles on the market can't prevent all accidents. If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation. Our knowledgeable, experienced legal team is ready to discuss your case.


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