The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does not test all cars. Like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, IIHS concentrates its crash tests on the highest-volume vehicles.
This table represents the vehicles IIHS selected as Top Safety Picks for 2012. The winning vehicles afford the best protection in front, side, rollover and rear crashes, based on IIHS tests. For the 2010 model year, IIHS added a roof-strength test. The addition of the roof-strength test greatly reduced the initial number of vehicles selected as Top Safety Picks. A number of vehicles were added as manufacturers reworked existing designs and introduced new models. Winners also must be equipped with electronic stability control.
For complete crash-test ratings, visit www.iihs.org.