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« on: December 15, 2011, 06:57:46 pm »

IIHS rates the safest cars of 2012
By Jerry Edgerton | CBS MoneyWatch – 20 minutes ago

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt and 114 other vehicles got the top safety rating.

Along with style, power and high gas mileage, you want a new car that will protect you in a crash. A good place to start is with vehicles awarded the top safety pick rating for 2012 by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which released its list Thursday of 115 winners.

To get that top rating, a car, van or SUV must stand up to crash tests simulating front, side, rear and rollover accidents. The rollover standard has proved especially difficult for many models in the past. IIHS President Adrian Lund noted that the original 2005 ratings contained only 11 models as top picks. The 115 that qualified this year are "a testament to the commitment auto makers have made to go above and beyond minimum safety standards," Lund said.

2012 Toyota Prius V

2012 Toyota Prius V
Companies with the strongest showing included Subaru, which got top ratings for all five models it sells in the U.S. Toyota Motor North America got the most top picks, with 15 of its Toyota, Lexus and Scion models. That includes a top pick rating for the first time for the redesigned 2012 Camry.

The Camry also got a 5-star rating in tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- more difficult now that those tests have been toughened for 2012 models.

Strong improvement from Honda

IIHS also cited Honda of America for the most improvement. Of the 18 vehicles new to top safety pick status this year, 10 of them were Honda or Acura models. "Honda buckled down and upgraded roofs on 10 models that missed winning last year because of rollover protection," Lund said.

If you are shopping, you can find a top pick model in almost every category. Among high-mileage green cars, the Toyota Prius V -- the bigger version of the original Prius -- qualifies. So do the plug-in Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. IIHS is keeping its top rating for the Volt despite an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into battery fires after Volt crash tests. The Institute says it found no special battery problems during or after its crash tests.

2012 Ford F-150

2012 Ford F-150
Safe bigger vehicles

Among bigger vehicles, three pickups got top rating: The Ford F-150 crew cab models, the Honda Ridgeline and the Toyota Tundra crew cab. Minivans offer an even bigger choice: Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Volkswagen Routan all got the top rating.

Here is a full list of vehicles that got the top safety pick designation:


Fiat 500 built after July 2011              
   Ford Fiesta sedan & hatchback              

Honda Fit
   Toyota Yaris 4-dr hatchback

Small cars

Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic, Volt

   Ford Focus

   Honda Civic sedan

Honda CR-Z, Insight

   Hyundai Elantra

   Kia Forte sedan

Kia Soul
   Lexus CT 200h
   Mazda 3 sedan & hatchback
Mini Cooper Countryman
   Mitsubishi Lancer (except Ralliart & Evolution)
   Nissan Cube, Juke, Leaf
Scion tC, xB, xD
   Subaru Impreza except WRX
   Toyota Corolla, Prius
Volkswagen Golf 4-dr
   Volkswagen GTI 4-dr

Midsize moderately priced cars

Audi A3

   Buick Verano

   Chevrolet Malibu

Chrysler 200 4-dr

   Dodge Avenger

   Ford Fusion

Honda Accord
   Hyundai Sonata
   Kia Optima
Subaru Legacy, Outback
   Toyota Camry,   Prius v
   Volkswagen Jetta   sedan
Volkswagen Jetta  SportWagen

Midsize luxury/near luxury cars

Acura TL built after Sept. 2011

   Acura TSX sedan & wagon

   Audi A4

Lincoln MKZ

   Mercedes C-Class

   Volkswagen CC except 4wd

Volvo S60

Large family cars

Buick LaCrosse, Regal    

   Chrysler 300                    

   Dodge Charger                

Ford Taurus

   Toyota Avalon


Large luxury cars

Audi A6

   BMW 5 series except 4wd & V8

   Cadillac CTS sedan

Hyundai Equus

   Infiniti M except M56x 4wd

   Lincoln MKS

Mercedes E-Class sedan
   Mercedes E-Class coupe
   Saab 9-5
Volvo S80

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V    

   Hyundai Tucson  

   Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags

Kia Sportage

   Subaru Forester

   Volkswagen Tiguan

Midsize SUVs

Chevrolet Equinox

   Dodge Durango, Journey

   Ford Edge, Explorer, Flex

GMC Terrain

   Honda Pilot

   Hyundai Santa Fe

Jeep Grand Cherokee
   Kia Sorento
   Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander, Venza

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX

   Audi Q5

   BMW X3

Cadillac SRX

   Infiniti EX35

   Lexus RX

Lincoln MKT, MKX
   Mercedes GLK, M-Class
   Saab 9-4X
Volvo XC60, XC90

Large SUVs

Buick Enclave                

   Chevrolet Traverse                  

GMC Acadia

   Volkswagen Touareg


Chrysler Town & Country

   Dodge Grand Caravan

   Honda Odyssey

Toyota Sienna

   Volkswagen Routan


Large pickups

Ford F-150 crew cab

   Honda Ridgeline   Toyota Tundra crew cab
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