Dodge Avenger, the Chrysler 200 4-door; Ford Fusion; Honda Accord 2-door; Honda Accord 4-door; Subaru Legacy, Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60, are to name a few that were rated the safest cars for 2013. Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations. For a vehicle to qualify for Top Safety Pick vehicles must have good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests, regardless of their small overlap rating.

IIHS President said “Models that earn Top Safety Pick also offer outstanding protection in many crashes…These vehicles are much safer choices than most vehicles on the market just five years ago.” In 2012 IIHS introduced the small overlap test to improve occupant protection in crashes. The small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. They also give manufacturers advance notices of planned changes, the automakers have used the factors given to them to better evaluate and improve the products. “Five manufacturers redesigned their midsize cars to enhance small overlap crash protection,” Lund President of IIHS said.