Safest Cars for 2014

Family-car-side-windows-300x200In every dealership in America, we have new 2014 models. Well, safety organizations that conduct reliability and crash tests have conducted their test on these new 2014 models, and the results are in.

Below is the list of the safest 2014 model passenger vehicles in the country,categorized by vehicle class, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Among these, 17 achieved a rating of “Top Safety Pick”, and 22 earned the highest honor of “Top Safety Pick+”. RoadLoans readers will recall that the Honda Odyssey, which we reviewed as being given the title of “Best Car for Families” was a “Top Safety Pick+” honoree.

Those selected as “Top Safety Pick” models did so by earning a score of “good” in four tested areas: moderate front overlap collision, roof strength, head restraint and side collision. Additionally, the “Top Safety Pick” vehicles required a “good” or “acceptable” rating on the new-for-2012 small front overlap collision test.

Those selected as “Top Safety Pick+” models achieved the same test ratings as those above. They earned additional distinction by employing effective means of collision-avoidance, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including both automated braking and driver alerts.

With new collision tests and stricter safety standards, the number of U.S. passenger vehicles that have earned the top two honors from the IIHS have dropped from 130 in 2013 to only 39 in 2014.

Here are the 2014 winners, listed by IIHS categories:

Vehicles awarded “TOP SAFETY PICK” for 2014:

Minicar

Chevrolet Spark

Small cars

Dodge Dart

Ford Focus

Honda Civic (2-door)

Hyundai Elantra

Scion tC

Subaru Impreza

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Midsize moderately priced cars

Chrysler 200 (4-door)

Dodge Avenger

Kia Optima

Nissan Altima

Toyota Camry (built after November 2013)

Volkswagen Passat

Midsize luxury/near-luxury car

Acura TL

Small SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Midsize luxury SUV

Volvo XC90

Winners of “TOP SAFETY PICK+” for 2014:

Small cars

Honda Civic (4-door hybrid only)

Mazda 3 (built after October 2013)

Toyota Prius (built after November 2013)

Midsize moderately priced cars

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord (2-door)

Honda Accord (4-door)

Mazda 6

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Outback

Midsize luxury/near-luxury cars

Infiniti Q50

Lincoln MKZ

Volvo S60

Large luxury cars

Acura RLX

Volvo S80

Small SUVs

Mazda CX-5 (built after October 2013)

Mitsubishi Outlander

Subaru Forester

Midsize SUV

Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX

Mercedes-Benz M-Class (built after August 2013)

Volvo XC60

Minivan

Honda Odyssey

 

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