Top Safety Pick for 2014

Who got the Top Safety Pick award for 2014?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS annually conducts crash tests of all 2013-2014 vehicle models and rate them according to highest level of crash prevention and crashworthiness. This year, criteria have changed and a total of 130 car models vied for the Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick categories. From the combined number of participating car models, the final result was finally down to just 39- twenty two cars for Top Safety Pick+ 2014 and seventeen for Top Safety Pick 2014.

Here’s an excerpt from NBC News Business “Honda tops insurance industry’s shrinking safety list” featured December 19, 2013.

Honda Motor Co. has topped the insurance industry’s annual list of the safest new vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Thursday gave 39 vehicles top safety ratings for 2014. That is dramatically fewer than the 130 on the list last year because vehicles now must meet tougher standards.

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick +” if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

The result of the ratings was IIHS first crash avoidance ratings being implemented under a new crash test program. Click this link to learn about IIHS new test program.

You can also read these related headlines on Top Safety Pick 2014:

2014 Toyota Prius crash test rating drops to four stars

Thirty nine vehicles meet tougher criteria to earn 2014 safety awards from IIHS

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2014 Toyota Corolla rated ‘marginal’ in IIHS crash test

Toyota Camry regains Consumer Reports’ favor after crash test results

Luxury cars fare poorly in new crash test