Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts testing to determine which cars have the best crashworthiness. It tests vehicles for crash protection and safety systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to prevent a collision. The vehicles that perform best in the testing can earn the TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK + designation.
The full list of winners can be found here on the website of the IIHS. The small car and midsize car categories had a significantly high number of winners for TOP SAFETY PICK +. These include the the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Legacy.
Notable SUV picks include the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota RAV4.
The Chrysler Pacifica was chosen for the van category, and the only pick for the truck category was the Honda Ridgeline.
According to the IIHS, to qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
Vehicles with optional front crash prevention qualify for either award only when equipped with the technology.