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List of the Safest Cars for 2011

December 30, 2010

Car Safety picksCar safety is a very important factor when it comes to buying a car - safer cars are more desirable and generally result in higher resale values.

For 2011, there are 66 vehicles that have earned Top Safety Picks by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

Leading the way are Kia and Hyundai, with a combined nine vehicles, and Audi and Volkswagon, which also combine for nine.

General Motors, Ford and Lincoln as well as Toyota, Lexus and Scion have 2 to 3 picks each, while Subaru is the only brand to have its entire lineup earning five stars.

Among new additions are the 2011 Kia Optima, Ford Explorer and the VW Jetta and Touareg.

Top 2011 Model Year Safety Winners

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California Residents - Important:

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- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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