In every dealership in America, we have new 2014 models. Well, safety organizations that conduct reliability and crash tests have conducted their test on these new 2014 models, and the results are in.
Below is the list of the safest 2014 model passenger vehicles in the country,categorized by vehicle class, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Among these, 17 achieved a rating of “Top Safety Pick”, and 22 earned the highest honor of “Top Safety Pick+”. RoadLoans readers will recall that the Honda Odyssey, which we reviewed as being given the title of “Best Car for Families” was a “Top Safety Pick+” honoree.
Those selected as “Top Safety Pick” models did so by earning a score of “good” in four tested areas: moderate front overlap collision, roof strength, head restraint and side collision. Additionally, the “Top Safety Pick” vehicles required a “good” or “acceptable” rating on the new-for-2012 small front overlap collision test.
Those selected as “Top Safety Pick+” models achieved the same test ratings as those above. They earned additional distinction by employing effective means of collision-avoidance, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including both automated braking and driver alerts.
With new collision tests and stricter safety standards, the number of U.S. passenger vehicles that have earned the top two honors from the IIHS have dropped from 130 in 2013 to only 39 in 2014.
Here are the 2014 winners, listed by IIHS categories:
Vehicles awarded “TOP SAFETY PICK” for 2014:
Honda Civic (2-door)
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Midsize moderately priced cars
Chrysler 200 (4-door)
Toyota Camry (built after November 2013)
Midsize luxury/near-luxury car
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Midsize luxury SUV
Winners of “TOP SAFETY PICK+” for 2014:
Honda Civic (4-door hybrid only)
Mazda 3 (built after October 2013)
Toyota Prius (built after November 2013)
Midsize moderately priced cars
Honda Accord (2-door)
Honda Accord (4-door)
Midsize luxury/near-luxury cars
Large luxury cars
Mazda CX-5 (built after October 2013)
Midsize luxury SUVs
Mercedes-Benz M-Class (built after August 2013)
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