These Are The Safest New Cars In America

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Of all the models tested, Mazda was the biggest winner.

Earning a Top Safety or Top Safety Pick+ award from the Institute for Highway Safety is obviously good publicity for car manufacturers and also gives consumers more confidence when buying their next car. But for 2020, the IIHS is making these awards tougher to earn to give them more merit. To earn a 2020 Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must now score a Good rating in the passenger-side small-overlap crash test, which means the model must now earn Good ratings in every crash test.

Additionally, front crash prevention systems must be rated Good or Superior when evaluating how well a vehicle's automatic emergency braking system can detect pedestrians and other vehicles, and headlights must be rated Good or Acceptable.


If they are standard, this will meet the requirements for a Top Safety Pick+ award, while optional headlights will with these ratings will achieve a Top Safety Pick. Poor headlight ratings have prevented many models from achieving the Top Safety Pick+ award in the past.

Out of all the 2020 models IIHS has evaluated, Mazda reaped the most Top Safety Pick+ awards, with five models achieving the highest safety award including the Mazda CX-3. Four Subaru 2020 models also earned a Top Safety Pick+ including the Subaru Forester.

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Other 2020 models that made the Top Safety Pick+ list include the Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Audi A6, Cadillac XT6 models built after October 2019, Genesis G80, Honda Insight, Hyundai Nexo, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan with automatic emergency braking, Nissan Maxima, and Toyota Camry.

Among the 2020 models that earned a Top Safety Plus award include the Audi Q8, BMW 3 Series, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Accord, Kia Telluride. Noticeably absent from the list are Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi, as well as minivans and pickup trucks. The 2020 Ram 1500, for example, was omitted because it doesn't have an automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection.


2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Winners

• Acura RDX

• Audi A6

• Cadillac XT6 (built after October 2019)

• Genesis G70 (built after December 2019)

• Genesis G80

• Honda Insight

• Hyundai Nexo

• Lexus ES

• Lexus NX

• Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback

• Mazda 6

• Mazda CX-3

• Mazda CX-5 (with automatic emergency braking)

• Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan (with automatic emergency braking)

• Mercedes-Benz GLE-class (built after July 2019, with automatic emergency braking)

• Nissan Maxima

• Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

• Subaru Forester

• Subaru Legacy

• Subaru Outback (built after Oct 2019)

• Tesla Model 3

• Toyota Camry


2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick Winners

• Audi A7

• Audi Q8

• BMW 3 Series

• Chevrolet Equinox

• Ford Edge

• Ford Escape

• Honda Accord

• Honda Civic coupe, sedan, hatchback (except Type R)

• Honda CR-V

• Hyundai Elantra, Elantra GT(with automatic emergency braking)

• Hyundai Kona (with automatic emergency braking)

• Hyundai Palisade

• Hyundai Santa Fe

• Hyundai Sonata

• Hyundai Tucson

• Hyundai Veloster (with automatic emergency braking)

• Kia Forte (with automatic emergency braking)

• Kia Sorrento (with automatic emergency braking)

• Kia Soul (with automatic emergency braking)

• Kia Sportage

• Kia Stinger (with automatic emergency braking)

• Kia Telluride

• Lexus RX

• Lexus UX

• Lincoln Corsair

• Mazda CX-9 (with automatic emergency braking)

• Nissan Altima (with automatic emergency braking)

• Subaru Ascent

• Subaru Crosstrek (with automatic emergency braking)

• Subaru Impreza, WRX (with automatic emergency braking)

• Toyota Corolla sedan, hatchback (with automatic emergency braking)

• Toyota RAV4

• Volkswagen Tiguan

• Volvo S60

• Volvo XC40


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