Safest Cars in America | IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+

Safety is and always has been a top priority to all of us at SafeAuto. Accidents happen and are not always avoidable but fortunately more car producers are increasing their safety standards.  Companies like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), run various crash tests to evaluate the safety of new cars each year and rate them accordingly. Grouping vehicles into two groups, the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award winners earn the highest rating for passenger-side protection in a small overlap front crash and have good-rated available headlights.

Cars & Driving, SafetySafest Cars in America in 2019

This is the sixth time that IIHS has increased the threshold for vehicles to earn the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. One such change is the requirement of a good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test to earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ rather than an acceptable or good rating in 2018. “Among the 57 vehicles that qualify for either of our 2019 awards, 31 of them have a standard front crash prevention system,” says IIHS-HLDI President David Harkey. “What’s impressive is that all but one winner earns the highest rating of superior in our track tests, even though an advanced rating is enough to qualify.”

2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

  • Honda Insight (sedan only)
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Niro hybrid
  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Subaru Impreza (sedan only)
  • Subaru Impreza (wagon)
  • Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Camry

Midsize luxury cars

  • Genesis G70
  • Lexus ES

Large car

  • Toyota Avalon (built after September 2018)

Large luxury cars

  • BMW 5 series
  • Genesis G80
  • Genesis G90
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan only)

Small SUV

  • Hyundai Kona
  • Mazda CX-5

Midsize SUV

  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sorento
  • Subaru Ascent

Midsize luxury SUV

  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X3
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Want to see if your vehicle made the TOP SAFETY PICK list? Visit IIHS’s site to get crash-test results of your car or one you are considering. Protect your car as it protects you with the right insurance for the right price. Call 1-800-SAFEAUTO (1-800-723-3288) to speak to a representative or visit for a free online quote.