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Top Safety Picks for 2017

December 15, 2016

This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a list of cars, SUVS, minivan, and pickup trucks that were awarded a 2017 Top Safety Pick.

To earn a Top Safety Pick, the vehicle has to get good ratings in the small-overlap front crash test, moderate-overlap and side crash test, as well as roof-strenght and head-restraint test. They also have to perform well in frontal-crash prevention - either with standard or automatic braking.

Among the top safety picks, Toyota and Lexus lead with nine winners, followed by Honda with five. See the full list below. If safety is a top priority, you should be considering these vehicles.

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to quickly see the best deals being offered in your area.

2017 Top Safety Pick Winners

Small Cars
Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Elantra (sedan only, built after March 2016)
Mazda3
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius (built after August 2016)

Midsized Cars
Honda Accord 4-­door
Mazda6
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry
Toyota Prius V
Volkswagen Jetta

Midsized Luxury Cars
Audi A4
Lexus ES 350
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large Luxury Cars
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lexus RC

Small SUVs
Mazda CX-­3
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester (built after October 2016)
Toyota RAV4

Midsized SUVs
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe (built after March 2016)

Midsized Luxury SUVs
Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Audi Q5
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-­Benz GLE-­Class
Volvo XC60

Minivan
Chrysler Pacifica (built after August 2016)

Pickup Truck
Honda Ridgeline

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

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California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- 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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