IIHS Announces 18 New 2012 Top Safety Picks

December 15, 2011
2012 Buick Verano Front Three Quarter Night1
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today announced 18 more model-year 2012 vehicles that have received the group’s coveted Top Safety Pick designation. The vehicles recognized include seven Hondas, three Acuras, one Buick, three Toyotas, one Scion, one Subaru, one BMW, and one Mercedes-Benz.
To qualify for the Top Safety Pick rating, a car must achieve a “good” score in each of IIHS’ four crash tests, including frontal, side, rear, and rollover collisions, and stability control must be standard or optional on the vehicle.
The IIHS said that Honda and Acura saw substantial improvements in crash safety due to strengthened roof panels. As a result, the 2012 Honda Fit, CR-Z, Insight, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, and Ridgeline; and 2012 Acura TL, TSX and MDX, were all awarded Top Safety Pick status today.
The 2012 Toyota Camry won the midsize sedan’s first-ever Top Safety Pick, thanks to safety improvements when the car was redesigned for the new model year. The new Yaris also received its first IIHS commendation, thanks to improved roof strength and head restraints, while the new Prius v joined the regular Prius in scoring a Top Safety Pick nod.
Other vehicles that received the Top Safety Pick award today comprise the Buick Verano, Scion xD, Subaru Impreza, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. In total, the IIHS has classified 115 vehicles as Top Safety Picks for 2012. They are listed below.
Minicars Fiat 500 built after July 2011 Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback Honda Fit Toyota Yaris 4-door hatchback
Small cars Chevrolet Cruze Chevrolet Sonic Chevrolet Volt Ford Focus Honda Civic 4-door Honda CR-Z Honda Insight Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte sedan Kia Soul Lexus CT 200h Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback Mini Cooper Countryman Mitsubishi Lancer except Ralliart and Evolution Nissan Cube Nissan Juke Nissan Leaf Scion tC Scion xB Scion xD Subaru Impreza except WRX Toyota Corolla Toyota Prius Volkswagen Golf 4-door Volkswagen GTI 4-door
Midsize moderately priced cars Audi A3 Buick Verano Chevrolet Malibu Chrysler 200 4-door Dodge Avenger Ford Fusion Honda Accord Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Subaru Legacy Subaru Outback Toyota Camry Toyota Prius v Volkswagen Jetta sedan Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Passat Volvo C30
Midsize luxury/near luxury cars Acura TL built after September 2011 Acura TSX sedan and hatchback Audi A4 Lincoln MKZ Mercedes C-Class Volkswagen CC except 4-wheel drive Volvo S60
Large family cars Buick LaCrosse Buick Regal Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger Ford Taurus Toyota Avalon
Large luxury cars Audi A6 BMW 5 series except 4-wheel drive and V8 Cadillac CTS sedan Hyundai Equus Hyundai Genesis Infiniti M37/M56 except M56x 4-wheel drive Lincoln MKS Mercedes E-Class sedan Mercedes E-Class coupe Saab 9-5 Volvo S80
Small SUVs Honda CR-V Hyundai Tucson Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags Kia Sportage Subaru Forester Volkswagen Tiguan
Midsize SUVs Chevrolet Equinox Dodge Durango Dodge Journey Ford Edge Ford Explorer Ford Flex GMC Terrain Honda Pilot Hyundai Santa Fe Jeep Grand Cherokee Kia Sorento Subaru Tribeca Toyota Highlander Toyota Venza
Midsize luxury SUVs Acura MDX Audi Q5 BMW X3 Cadillac SRX Infiniti EX35 Lexus RX Lincoln MKT Lincoln MKX Mercedes GLK Mercedes M-Class Saab 9-4X Volvo XC60 Volvo XC90
Large SUVs Buick Enclave Chevrolet Traverse GMC Acadia Volkswagen Touareg
Minivans Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Grand Caravan Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna Volkswagen Routan
Large pickups Ford F-150 crew cab models Honda Ridgeline Toyota Tundra crew cab models
Source: IIHS


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