The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a non-profit vehicle safety organization funded by the U.S. insurance industry, says that 48 vehicles have earned its ultimate Top Safety Pick+ ranking for 2016, while another 13 are rated Top Safety Picks.
Top Safety Pick+ honours are given to cars that earn at least a ‘good’ rating in each of the IIHS’ five crashworthiness tests, plus an ‘advanced’ or ‘superior’ rating for collision avoidance/mitigation systems. The Top Safety Pick prize is given to a vehicle that scores ‘good’ in crashworthiness, and a ‘basic’ rating for crash avoidance.
The IIHS says the Chrysler 200 (seen above, pre-crash, and below, post-test) is the only domestic-branded vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2016, while the shorter Top Safety Pick list includes a number of domestics, like the Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain, Buick Encore, and Ford F-150 Super Crew.
Some of the most recent additions to the TSP+ list are Nissan’s 2016 Rogue and Sentra models, the Chrysler 200, Fiat 500X, and the 2016 Volkswagen Passat.
Scion’s iA is the sole subcompact to make the Top Safety Pick+ list, but the version of that car sold in Canada–the Toyota Yaris sedan–doesn’t qualify, as it isn’t available with a front crash prevention system. That takes the number of TSP+ winners available in Canada to 47 vehicles, a number we’d further whittle down to eliminate cars that are structural and/or mechanical twins, like the VW Golf and GTI, Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza, and the Volvo S60 and V60. Nevertheless, the IIHS calls it 48 (47 for us Canucks), which we’ve listed here for your persusal.
-Lexus CT 200h
Midsize cars (Mid-price)
-Honda Accord sedan
-Honda Accord coupe
-Toyota Prius V
Midsize cars (Luxury/near-luxury)
-BMW 2 Series
Full-size luxury cars
-Infiniti Q70 (V6)
Midsize SUVs (Mid-price)
Midsize SUVs (Luxury)