The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its list of the safest models of vehicles for 2014 late last year. The list of vehicles is a good starting point for consumers looking at car safety ratings and trying to find the safest cars on the market for their families.
This year, fewer cars made the cut as the organization upped its standards to receive its highest award: Top Safety Pick Plus. IIHS says to receive a Top Safety Pick rating the vehicle must be rated good in four of the tests and good or acceptable in the fifth test, added in 2012.
"We've made it more difficult for manufacturers this year," says IIHS President Adrian Lund in a statement. "Following a gradual phase-in, the small overlap crash is now part of our basic battery of tests, and good or acceptable performance should be part of every vehicle's safety credentials."
The tests for Top Safety Pick Plus are:
- moderate overlap frontal crash;
- small overlap frontal crash;
- side impact;
- rollover; and
- rear impact.
Further, to receive the nod as a Top Safety Pick Plus vehicle, it must meet the standards above and then be rated at least basic for front crash prevention.
The 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Cars
The following are the 22 vehicles that earned Top Safety Pick Plus accolades in 2014:
- Honda Civic 4-door;
- Mazda 3 (built after 10/2013);
- Toyota Prius (built after 11/2013);
- Ford Fusion;
- Honda Accord 2- and 4-door;
- Mazda 6;
- Subaru Legacy;
- Subaru Outback;
- Infiniti Q50;
- Lincoln MKZ;
- Volvo S60;
- Acura RLX;
- Volvo S80;
- Mazda CX-5 (built after 10/2013);
- Mitsubishi Outlander;
- Subaru Forester;
- Toyota Highlander;
- Acura MDX;
- Mercedes-Benz M-Class (built after 8/2013);
- Volvo XC60; and
- Honda Odyssey.
Check out the IIHS website for a list of vehicles that won Top Safety Pick awards.
As you perform your vehicle research, look into each car to consider the standard and available safety features. Choose a vehicle that's highly rated and that meets your family's needs.
Other Sources to Research Vehicle Safety
In addition to looking at the IIHS Top Safety Picks, other sources can provide helpful information to help you evaluate a car's safety. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a Five-Star Safety Rating system to judge vehicle safety. You can visit SaferCar.gov/Safety+Ratings to check out the list of current and past ratings.
Other consumer sources provide help to car shoppers, like Consumer Reports. Above all, do your homework when purchasing a new vehicle so you understand what you need and what each car offers so you can make an educated choice when you go to the dealerships.
If You Need Legal Help after an Accident, Call Max Meyers
We hope choosing a safe car will help you reduce risk of an accident or serious injury in an accident. But if you were involved in a car wreck in Redmond, you may be suffering injuries that prevent your from working and living normally. In that case, seek legal help from a local attorney. Call Max Meyers at 425-399-7000 to set up a consultation so you can discuss your wreck and legal options.