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Safest Cars For 2013

New TOP SAFETY PICK+ award goes to 13 cars; 117 earn TOP SAFETY PICK

Andy Bolig - January 02, 2013 07:14 PM

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These vehicles are much safer choices than most vehicles on the market just five years ago

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is awarding its new Top Safety Pick+ accolade to 13 cars. All earn good or acceptable ratings in the new IIHS small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS evaluations.

Winners included the Dodge Avenger and its twin, the Chrysler 200 4-door and the Ford Fusion which are midsize moderately priced cars.

"Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection," says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. "We're pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013."

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Top Safety Pick+ winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick, vehicles must have good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests, regardless of their small overlap rating.

"Models that earn Top Safety Pick also offer outstanding protection in many crashes," Lund says. "These vehicles are much safer choices than most vehicles on the market just five years ago."

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