Ranking 2016’s Safest Cars

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts tests for vehicle safety each year. They release information for consumers about which new cars are the safest in terms of both avoiding accidents and protecting occupants in the event of a crash. With driving being a daily necessity for the vast majority of Georgians, vehicle safety should be on everyone’s mind. In this post we will highlight a few of the 2016’s safest vehicles that the IIHS recommends to keep you and your family safe. All of the vehicles mentioned below have been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, meaning that they did well in five different crashworthiness tests and have front crash prevention systems that IIHS deemed either advanced or superior.

Top Safety Picks+ with Front End Prevention Systems

Many vehicles qualified for Top Safety Pick+ recognition only when equipped with optional front-end crash prevention systems. These features come standard on a few vehicles, however. Ten of those vehicles were on this year’s list of Top Safety Pick+ Winners without any qualification, meaning a consumer won’t have to purchase any optional upgrades to drive with the IIHS’s top rating. Impressively Volvo made five of these. In the luxury car category, Volvo’s midsize S60 and V60 as well as the larger S80 all won top honors. The XC60 and XC 90, two luxury SUVs, round out Volvo’s five vehicles that come standard with the IIHS’s safest rating.

The other five Top Safety Pick+ vehicles that come standard with front end prevention are the small Scion iA, the large luxury Acura RLX and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the midsize luxury SUV Mercedez-Benz GLE Class, and the large SUV Audi Q7. All of other Top Safety Picks+ attained top honors only when equipped with optional front end prevention systems purchased as upgrades.

2016’s Most Awarded Manufacturers

Six Honda models made the list. The Civic 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan both got top honors in the small car category. The Accord 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan represent the midsize category, and the CR-V and Pilot were among the awarded SUVs.

Subaru also had six vehicles among the Top Safety Picks+. These include the Crosstrek, the Impreza, and the WRX, three small cars. The Legacy and the Outback were awarded in the midsize category, and the Forester was among the honored Small SUVs.

Toyota was the final manufacturer with six models awarded as IIHS Top Safety Picks+. They were the Prius in the small car category, the midsize Camry and Prius v, the larger Avalon, the RAV4 small SUV and the Highlander midsize SUV.


If you’re in the market for a new or used car, be sure to do your research on the safety ratings of potential vehicles. Check out the full list of Top Safety Picks and Top Safety Picks+ on the IIHS website. You can search for ratings on any vehicle here. A few minutes of research could help keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of an accident. Once you’ve found the right vehicle, be sure to drive safely and attentively. If you are in a collision, follow these four steps and give The Rhine Law Firm, LLC a call for help protecting your interests.