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Every year, car companies constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Wednesday said it has awarded Top Safety Picks to a record 115 vehicles for model year 2012.

The ratings, which cover all four of the most common types of crashes, aim to help consumers pick vehicles that offer the highest levels of crash protection.

Every major carmaker has at least one vehicle on the top-picks list and Toyota has the most with 15, including its Lexus luxury and Scion small-car brands. Subaru remains the only automaker with a full line of Top Safety Pick vehicles.

In all, 69 cars, 38 SUVs, 5 minivans, and 3 pickups were selected as providing the best protection for drivers and passengers in front, side, rollover and rear-end crashes based on the Institute’s evaluations.

The 115 winners, by category, are:

Minicars
Fiat 500
built after July 2011
Ford Fiesta
sedan | hatchback
Honda Fit
Toyota Yaris hatchback
(only 4-door models)
Small cars
Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Sonic
Chevrolet Volt
Ford Focus 4-door
Honda Civic 4-door
Honda CR-Z
Honda Insight
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Forte
(only sedan models)
Kia Soul
Lexus CT 200h
Mazda 3
sedan | hatchback
Mini Cooper Countryman
Mitsubishi Lancer
(except Ralliart and Evolution models)
Nissan Cube
Nissan Juke
Nissan Leaf
Scion tC
Scion xB
Scion xD
Subaru Impreza
(except WRX)
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Golf
(only 4-door models)
Volkswagen GTI
(only 4-door models)

Midsize moderately pricedcars
Audi A3
Buick Verano
Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler 200
(only 4-door models)
Dodge Avenger
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry
Toyota Prius v
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Volkswagen Passat
Volvo C30
Midsize luxury/near luxury cars
Acura TL
built after September 2011
Acura TSX
sedan | Sport Wagon
Audi A4
Lincoln MKZ
Mercedes C class
Volkswagen CC
(except 4-wheel drive models)
Volvo S60
Large family cars
Buick LaCrosse
Buick Regal
Chrysler 300
Dodge Charger
Ford Taurus
Toyota Avalon
Large luxury cars
Audi A6
BMW 5 series
(except 4-wheel drive and V8)
Cadillac CTS
(only sedan models)
Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Genesis
Infiniti M37/M56
(except M56x 4-wheel drive)
Lincoln MKS
Mercedes E class 2-door
Mercedes E class 4-door
Saab 9-5
Volvo S80
Small SUVs
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Jeep Patriot
with optional side torso airbags
Kia Sportage
Subaru Forester
Volkswagen Tiguan
Midsize SUVs
Chevrolet Equinox
Dodge Durango
Dodge Journey
Ford Edge
Ford Explorer
Ford Flex
GMC Terrain
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Venza
Midsize luxury SUVs
Acura MDX
Audi Q5
BMW X3
Cadillac SRX
Infiniti EX35
Lexus RX
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes GLK
Mercedes M class
Saab 9-4X
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC90
Large SUVs
Buick Enclave
Chevrolet Traverse
GMC Acadia
Volkswagen Touareg
Minivans
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Honda Odyssey
Toyota Sienna
Volkswagen Routan
Large pickups
Ford F-150 (crew cab models)
Honda Ridgeline
Toyota Tundra
(crew cab models)

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Thursday, December 15th, 2011 - filed under News, Safety. Image credit: IIHS.
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