Safest cars for 2013

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names Safest Cars For 2013

To reward 2013 models with superior crash protection, the US’ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded its new Top Safety Pick+ accolade to 13 cars.

Winners include the Acura TL; Dodge Avenger and its twin, the Chrysler 200 4-door; Ford Fusion; Honda Accord 2-door; Honda Accord 4-door; Kia Optima; Nissan Altima 4-door; Subaru Legacy and its twin, the Subaru Outback; Suzuki Kizashi; Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60. The Acura TL and Volvo S60 are midsize luxury cars. The other models are midsize moderately priced cars.

“Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 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. To qualify for the 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test. To qualify for the 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK award, vehicles must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests, regardless of their rating in the small overlap frontal test.

Safest Large luxury cars:
Audi A6
BMW 5 series (except 4-wheel drive and V8)
Cadillac CTS (only sedan models)
Cadillac XTS
Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Genesis
Lexus GS
Lincoln MKS
Mercedes E class 2-door
Mercedes E class 4-door
Volvo S80
Safest Midsize luxury/near luxury cars:
Acura TL
Acura TSX
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Audi A4 (only sedan models)
BMW 3 series (only sedan models)
Lexus ES 350
Mercedes C class
Volkswagen CC (except 4-wheel drive V6)
Volvo S60


Safest Midsize luxury SUVs:
Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Audi Q5
Cadillac SRX
Infiniti EX
Lexus RX
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes GLK
Mercedes M class
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC90