The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its list of Top Safety Picks for 2007 this morning. Among the winners are two Audis, three Subarus, two Hondas, and one model each from Acura, Mercedes, Saab and Volvo. Absent are any models by American automakers or Japanese behemoth Toyota. The standards for the award this year are a bit tougher than in the past, but something to strive for. Not only must vehicles score top safety ratings in front, side and rear crash tests, they also must be equipped with electronic stability control.
There was also a runners-up list, which included cars that met all the requirements except the top rear crash-test score; and plenty of Toyotas made that list — yet still no American models. Both lists can be found below.
These vehicles would have won if their seat/head restraints also
had earned good ratings.
Acceptable rear protection
Marginal rear protection
Poor rear protection