Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks

  • A great recourse for picking out a safe automobile is the (  This organization is a leader in testing and evaluating vehicle crash-worthiness.

The Institute has released its 2011 Top Safety Pick Awards.  The Institute chose sixty-six (66) vehicles to receive the Top Safety Pick award for 2011.  IIHS recognizes the vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on testing conducted by the Institute.  The Institutes testing and criteria are more stringent and significantly exceed governmental requirements.

The awards are given to automobiles by “class” and cover large/midsize/small cars, SUVs and minivans.  Hyundai/Kia and Volkswagen/Audi led the awards in 2011 with nine winners each.  The new 2011 Ford Explorer achieved the first-ever Top Safety Pick for that vehicle model.  Volkswagen’s Touareg was the only “Large SUV” to win the award.  The Institute’s website has a complete list of the 66 vehicles which earned the Top Safety Pick awards for 2011.The website also includes a brochure which buyers should look for when purchasing a vehicle (

Source: IIHS

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