The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick is arguably one of the most influential awards a car can be given. For 2010, the IIHS increased the standards to be met to receive a Top Safety Pick, which subsequently decreased the number of cars eligible for the title. This year, only 27 cars received the award for 2010, down from 94 in 2009.
The Top Safety Pick award combines the IIHS’s crash test results released throughout the year to determine the cars that meet or exceed the basic criteria in each test. The combination of tests leads to the determination of the safest cars available for sale today. A new provision of the rating measures a car’s resistance to crushing during a rollover. The IIHS standard requires a vehicle’s roof to be twice as the government requires.
This year, 19 cars and eight SUVs earned top safety picks. Brands receiving the awards include Audi, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Subaru netted a victory this year as the only automaker to win Top Safety Picks in both car and SUV categories.
To see the full list of IIHS Top Safety Picks, click here.