The 39 Safest Cars for 2014
December 26, 2013
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.
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2014 Top Safety Pick+
|Small Cars||Honda Civic 4-door|
|Mazda 3 (built after Oct 2013)|
|Toyota Prius (built after Nov 2013)|
|Midsize Moderately Priced Cars||Ford Fusion|
|Honda Accord 2-door|
|Honda Accord 4-door|
|Midsize Luxury/Near-Luxury Cars||Infiniti Q50|
|Large Luxury Cars||Acura RL|
|Small SUVs||Mazda CX-5 (Built after Oct 2013)|
|Midsize SUVs||Toyota Highlander|
|Midsize Luxury SUVs||Acura MDX|
|Mercedes-Benz M-Class (Built after Aug 2013)|
2014 Top Safety Pick
|Small Cars||Dodge Dart|
|Honda Civic 2-door|
|Subaru XV Crosstrek|
|Midsize Moderately-Priced Cars||Chrysler 200 4-door|
|Toyota Camry (Built after Nov 2013)|
|Midsize Luxury/Near-Luxury Cars||Acura TL|
|Small SUV||Mitsubishi Outlander Sport|
|Midsize Luxury SUV||Volvo SX90|
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