Best Car Choices for Safety 2021 from IIHS: Midsize Vehicles Dominate

Best Car Choices for Safety 2021 from IIHS: Midsize Vehicles Dominate

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published its traditional Top Safety Picks and Top Safety Picks+ ratings of the best vehicles for safety during a given year.

This time the award winners are the 2021 models. The entire list includes 91 vehicles within 11 size categories.

The selected vehicles meet the following criteria:

  • good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests;
  • advanced or superior rating for available front crash prevention — vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations;
  • acceptable or good headlights – standard (Top Safety Picks+) or available (Top Safety Picks).

The 2021 Top Safety Picks+ are:

Small Car

  • Honda Insight four-door sedan
  • Mazda 3 four-door hatchback
  • Mazda 3 four-door sedan
  • Subaru Srosstrek Hybrid four-door wagon

Midsize Car

  • Honda Accord four-door sedan
  • Kia K5 four-door sedan
  • Mazda 6 four-door sedan
  • Nissan Altima four-door sedan
  • Nissan Maxima four-door sedan
  • Subaru Legacy four-door sedan
  • Subaru Outback four-door wagon
  • Toyota Camry four-door sedan

Midsize Luxury Car

  • Acura TLX four-door sedan
  • Lexus ES 350 four-door sedan
  • Lexus IS four-door sedan
  • Tesla Model 3 four-door sedan
  • Volvo S60 four-door sedan
  • Volvo S60 Recharge four-door sedan
  • Volvo V60 four-door wagon
  • Volvo V60 Recharge four-door wagon

Large Luxury Car

  • Audi A6 four-door sedan
  • Audi A6 allroad four-door wagon
  • Audi A7 four-door hatchback
  • Genesis G70 four-door sedan
  • Genesis G90 four-door sedan

Small SUV

  • Mazda CX-3 four-door SUV
  • Mazda CX-30 four-door SUV
  • Mazda CX-5 four-door SUV
  • Nissan Rogue four-door SUV
  • Subaru Forester four-door SUV
  • Volvo XC 40 four-door SUV

Midsize SUV

  • Ford Explorer four-door SUV
  • Hyundai Palisade four-door SUV
  • Mazda CX-9 four-door SUV
  • Subaru Ascent four-door SUV
  • Toyota Highlander four-door SUV

Midsize Luxury SUV

  • Acura RDX four-door SUV
  • Cadillac XT6 four-door SUV
  • Hyundai Nexo four-door SUV
  • Lexus NX four-door SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE four-door SUV
  • Volvo XC60 four-door SUV
  • Volvo XC60 Recharge four-door SUV
  • Volvo XC90 four-door SUV
  • Volvo XC90 Recharge four-door SUV

The Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron 4-door large SUVs, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna minivans round out the list.

As we can see, the safest vehicles can be found among midsizers. Midsize luxury SUVs have the longest list among the categories. Sedans dominate among the safest cars.

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