Top Safety Picks 2008

Top Safety Picks 2008

Criteria: The Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. The first requirement for a vehicle to become a Top Safety Pick is to earn good ratings in all three Institute tests. Another requirement is that winning vehicles must offer electronic stability control. This requirement is based on Institute research indicating that ESC significantly reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes, by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during emergency maneuvers.

However, don’t compare ratings across vehicle size groups because size and weight influence occupant protection in serious crashes. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Top Safety Picks are the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories, but this doesn’t mean a small car that’s a Top Safety Pick affords more protection than a bigger car that doesn’t earn the award.

Note: Top Safety Picks 2008 are 2008 models, unless otherwise noted.

Large cars

Audi A6
Cadillac CTS
Ford Taurus with optional electronic stability control
Mercury Sable with optional electronic stability control
Volvo S80

Midsize cars

Audi A3
Audi A4
Honda Accord 4-door models
Saab 9-3
Subaru Legacy with optional electronic stability control

Midsize convertibles

Saab 9-3
Volvo C70

Small cars

Scion xB
Subaru Impreza with optional electronic stability control

Minivans

Honda Odyssey
Hyundai Entourage
Kia Sedona

Large SUVs

Audi Q7
Buick Enclave
GMC Acadia
Saturn Outlook

Midsize SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
BMW X3
BMW X5
Ford Edge
Ford Taurus X
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Veracruz
Infiniti EX35
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes M class
Saturn VUE built after December 2007
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander
Volvo XC90

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Honda Element
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester with optional electronic stability control

Large pickup

Toyota Tundra

Top Safety Picks 2007

Criteria: The Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. The first requirement for a vehicle to become a Top Safety Pick is to earn good ratings in all three Institute tests. A new requirement for 2007 is that the winning vehicles must offer electronic stability control. This addition is based on Institute research indicating that ESC significantly reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single vehicle crashes, by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during emergency maneuvers.

However, don’t compare ratings across vehicle size groups because size and weight influence occupant protection in serious crashes. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Top Safety Picks are the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories, but this doesn’t mean a small car that’s a Top Safety Pick affords more protection than a bigger car that doesn’t earn the award.

Note: Top Safety Picks 2007 are 2007 models, unless otherwise noted.

Large cars

Audi A6
Ford Taurus 2008 models with optional electronic stability control
Mercury Sable 2008 models with optional electronic stability control
Volvo S80

Midsize cars

Audi A4
Saab 9-3
Subaru Legacy with optional electronic stability control

Midsize convertibles

Saab 9-3
Volvo C70

Minivans

Hyundai Entourage
Kia Sedona

Midsize SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Ford Edge
Ford Taurus X 2008 models
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes M class
Subaru B9 Tribeca
Volvo XC90

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Subaru Forester with optional electronic stability control

Top Safety Picks 2006

Criteria: The Institute rates passenger vehicle crashworthiness good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in front, side, and rear tests.

In 2006 the cars in each size group that earned good front, side, and rear ratings qualified as Top Safety Picks 2006 TSP GOLD.

Cars that earned good front and side ratings plus an acceptable rating for rear crash protection qualified as Top Safety Picks 2006 TSP SILVER.

However, don’t compare ratings across vehicle size groups because size and weight influence occupant protection in serious crashes. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Top Safety Picks are the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories, but this doesn’t mean a small car that’s a Top Safety Pick affords more protection than a bigger car that doesn’t earn the award.

Note: Top Safety Picks 2006 are 2006 models, unless otherwise noted.

Large cars

TSP GOLD Ford Five Hundred with optional side airbags

TSP GOLD Mercury Montego with optional side airbags

TSP SILVER Audi A6

MInivans

TSP GOLD Hyundai Entourage 2007 models

TSP GOLD Kia Sedona

Midsize cars

TSP GOLD Saab 9-3

TSP GOLD Subaru Legacy

TSP SILVER Audi A3

TSP SILVER Audi A4

TSP SILVER BMW 3 series 4-door models

TSP SILVER Chevrolet Malibu with optional side airbags

TSP SILVER Lexus IS

TSP SILVER Volkswagen Jetta

TSP SILVER Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door models

TSP SILVER Volkswagen Passat

Small cars

TSP GOLD Honda Civic 4-door models

TSP GOLD Saab 9-2X

TSP GOLD Subaru Impreza except WRX models

Source : http://www.iihs.or

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