Today the Insurance Institute Announces Its New Top Safety Pick+ Award.
The Insurance Institute rates vehicles in five crash tests on a scale of Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor. The five tests are the new small overlap frontal crash, the moderate overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover and rear crash test. Only 13 vehicles currently qualify as a Top Safety Pick+. They are the Acura TL, Chrysler 200 (four-door), Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord two-door and four-door models, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima (four-door), Subaru Legacy and Outback, Suzuki Kizashi, Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60.
The Volkswagen models that received Top Safety Pick awards were the Golf 4-door, GTI 4-door, Jetta sedan (including the Jetta Hybrid), Jetta Sportwagen, CC 2.0T, Tiguan, and Touareg. The Passat received a special honor: Top Safety Pick+ .**
*“Top Safety Pick” based on 31mph side-impact crash test, 40mph frontal-offset crash test, 20mph rear-impact test, roof strength testing, and the availability of ESC. Tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For details, visit http://www.iihs.org. See vw.com for more information on safety features.
**Top Safety Pick applies to 2013 Passat models manufactured after October 31, 2012.