By Jennifer Geiger on September 6, 2012
Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash testing recently became tougher, its Top Safety Pick list has just grown by four vehicles: The Acura ILX compact sedan, Ford Escape compact crossover and performance coupe twins Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ get the group’s top safety honors.
Each vehicle received the highest score of Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The rollover test includes a roof-strength test; to pass, a vehicle's roof must be able to withstand the force of four times its weight.
The coupes and sedan are all-new vehicles for 2013; the Escape was redesigned for the new model year and its scores improved. In roof-strength tests, the previous-generation Escape received a the second-lowest Marginal rating; Escape Hybrid versions were rated Poor, the lowest rating.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer