Does Your 2012 Car Meet the Safety Grade?

Written by  //  December 23, 2011  //  Autos Express  //  Comments Off

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IIHS releases most recent “top safety pick” winners list.

How well does your car hold up in a crash? Knowing that is important for two reasons: 1) you want both you and your passengers to be safe in the event of an accident and, 2) you would like to save money on auto insurance, a cost that correlates closely to the first reason.

Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an organization funded by America’s leading insurance companies, conducts tests on new vehicles to determine how each one will fare in a crash. The higher the score, the lower your insurance premium might be as the IIHS’ “top safety picks” generally provide that advantage for consumers. Another testing standard, from the NHTSA, can also impact your insurance rates.

To gain its “top safety pick” recognition, vehicles must receive a “good” rating from the IIHS in all four test criteria: frontal offset, side impact, roof strength and rear crash protection/head restraint. In addition, the IIHS requires manufacturers to include standard electronic stability control for a vehicle to receive its top award. Score good on all four criteria is not enough – stability control must be offered across a model’s vehicle line.

115 Winners

For 2012, the IIHS has recognized 115 vehicles, representing its longest list ever. That number is broken down into four groups: 69 cars, 38 SUVs, 5 minivans, and 3 pickup trucks.

If you’re shopping for a new, 2012 model vehicle, then the following list of winners should be of interest to you:

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

Other Models

You can also check the IIHS website to see how your current car scored in institute testing. Your insurance rates should reflect a good score — if not, you can use the information provided by the IIHS to negotiate a better rate.

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