Top Safety Picks announced by IIHS

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The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has released its Top Safety Picks for current cars, which included the Fiat 500. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its list of Top Safety Picks. The list, which is compiled by submitting new cars for crash testing, has more cars on it than ever.

List of safe cars growing every year

Car makers have, over the years, become increasingly sensitive to the desire among consumers for safety. More people want to buy cars that they will be able to walk away from in the event of an accident and as a result, cars are being increasingly fitted with a greater number of safety measures.
Also, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety list of Top Safety Picks grows every year, as more cars stand up under crash testing.
The IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2011, which examined a variety of 2012 models, have just been announced, according to USA Today. There are a total of 115 Top Safety Picks among the 2012 models, which is a drastic improvement from the first list of Top Safety Picks issued in 2005. That year, only 15 cars were given the top honors from the IIHS.

Every Subaru model was a top pick

Of all the cars submitted to front, side, rear and rollover crash tests, there were 69 cars, 38 SUVs, five minivans and three trucks that were designated Top Safety Picks. Of the 115 that made the list, 97 had been on the list from the previous year.
Subaru tested as the safest brand, as a variant of every Subaru model except the WRX was a Top Safety Pick. Toyota, according to CBS, had the most vehicles appearing on the list with 15, including Lexus and Scion models. Toyota Camry made its first appearance on the IIHS list. The car had already received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under new, tougher crash testing guidelines for 2012.
Of the 18 new cars on the list, according to the Washington Post, 10 are by Honda. Honda and Acura had 12 in total.
Other brands which had strong showings included General Motors with 14, Volkswagen and Audi with 13, Ford and Lincoln with 12 and Dodge, Chrysler and Fiat with 11. That also included the Fiat 500, but only models produced after July of this year.

The lonely truck segment

Only three full-size trucks were announced as Top Safety Picks and no light trucks. The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra crew cab models along with the Honda Ridgeline took those honors. The five minivans to make the IIHS list were the Toyota Sienna, the Honda Odyssey, Volkswagen Routan, the Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan.


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