More Than 70 Cars Make IIHS' List of Safest Cars

More than 70 vehicle models have made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2015 list of the safest cars on the road.

Despite tougher standards, 33 vehicles earned the agency's top safety rating of Top Safety Pick +; the remaining vehicles on the list were selected as a Top Safety Pick.

There were only 39 vehicles on the list last year; this year's list features 71.

Asian manufacturers, specifically Toyota, Honda and Subaru, dominated the list.

The IIHS says the 2015 Top Safety Pick designation was awarded to vehicles that earned a "good or acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front test and a good rating in each of the Institute's four other crashworthiness evaluations."

The Top Safety Pick+ award was given to vehicles that met those criteria and also featured an available front crash prevention system.


Small Cars

  • Lexus CT 200h builty after Sept. 2014
  • Mazda 3
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Toyota Prius

  Midsize Moderately Priced Cars

  • Chrysler 200
  • Mazda 6
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Prius

Midsize Luxury/Near-Luxury Cars

  • Acura TLX
  • Audi A3
  • BMW 2 series
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo V60

Large Luxury Cars

  • Acura RLX
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Infiniti Q70 except V-8 4WD
  • Lexus RC
  • Medcedes-Benz E-Class
  • Volvo S80

Small SUVs

  • Honda CR-V
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Subaru Forester

Midsize SUV 

  • Toyota Highlander

Midsize Luxury SUVs

  • Acura MDX
  • Lexus NX
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Volvo XC60


  • Toyota Sienna

2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick


  • Chevrolet Spark
  • Honda Fit

Small Cars

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Dodge Dart
  • Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic 2-door
  • Honda Civic 4-door
  • Hyundai Elantra sedan
  • Kia Soul
  • Mini Cooper Countryman
  • Mitsubishi Lancer except Ralliart and Evolution
  • Scion FR-S
  • Scion tC
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru WRX
  • Volkswagen Golf 4-door
  • Volkswagen GTI 4-door

Midsize Moderately priced cars

  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord 2-door
  • Honda Accord 4-door
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Nissan Altima
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volkswagen Passat

Midsize Luxury Car

  • Lincoln MKZ

Large Family Car

  • Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Toyota RAV4 built after Nov. 2014

Midsize SUVs

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • GMC Terrain
  • Nissan Pathfinder

Midsize Luxury SUV

  • Infiniti QX60


  • Honda Odyssey
  • Kia Sedona
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