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The 39 Safest Cars for 2014

December 26, 2013

If you're in the market for a new car, you'll want to make sure to read this -- the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced the 39 vehicles that made the list for its 2014 Safety Awards.

According to the IIHS, 22 of those vehicles earned their highest safety award for 2014 -- "Top Safety Pick+" -- due to their high level of crash protection and availability of technology to help avoid collisions in the first place. Another 17 earned "Top Safety Pick" by meeting their "crashworthiness" criteria. Additionally, the IIHS used new criteria for their awards this year, including tests for roof strength and overlaps on the front and sides.

Below are this year's winners, which include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Toyota Prius and Hyundai Elantra. For those wondering why the Tesla Model S is not on the list, that's because IIHS typically does not test high-end luxury/sports cars.

If you're considering adding any of these top safety picks to your garage, make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the biggest discounts on these vehicles. And be sure to check out TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to compare real prices where you live.

2014 Top Safety Pick+

CategoryVehicle
Small CarsHonda Civic 4-door
  Mazda 3 (built after Oct 2013)
  Toyota Prius (built after Nov 2013)
Midsize Moderately Priced CarsFord Fusion
  Honda Accord 2-door
  Honda Accord 4-door
  Mazda 6
  Subaru Legacy
  Subaru Outback
Midsize Luxury/Near-Luxury CarsInfiniti Q50
  Lincoln MKZ
  Volvo S60
Large Luxury CarsAcura RL
  Volvo S80
Small SUVsMazda CX-5 (Built after Oct 2013)
  Mitsubishi Outlander
  Subaru Forester
Midsize SUVsToyota Highlander
Midsize Luxury SUVsAcura MDX
  Mercedes-Benz M-Class (Built after Aug 2013)
  Volvo XC60
MinivanHonda Odyssey

2014 Top Safety Pick

CategoryVehicle
MinicarChevrolet Spark
Small CarsDodge Dart
  Ford Focus
  Honda Civic 2-door
  Hyundai Elantra
  Scion tC
  Subaru Impreza
  Subaru XV Crosstrek
Midsize Moderately-Priced CarsChrysler 200 4-door
  Dodge Avenger
  Kia Optima
  Nissan Altima
  Toyota Camry (Built after Nov 2013)
  Volkswagen Passat
Midsize Luxury/Near-Luxury CarsAcura TL
Small SUVMitsubishi Outlander Sport
Midsize Luxury SUVVolvo SX90

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- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


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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