Lincoln MKZ, Honda Civic, Volvo XC60 and Other Two Models Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Rating image

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, five new vehicles earned the company’s top safety awards after frontal crash tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tries to convince automakers to manufacture safer vehicles and offers awards for top-performing vehicles which get the highest points at its crash tests called “Top Safety Picks”, which are consulted by many buyers before purchasing a vehicle.

The five models to earn good and acceptable ratings for small overlap protection are the two-door and four-door Honda Civic, the Volvo XC60, a mid-size luxury SUV, Ford’s Lincoln MKZ and the Mazda6. Chuck Thomas, Honda’s chief engineer for automotive safety, said that the automaker reinforced the Civic’s cabin and added high strength steel.

“The same strategy is being applied to multiple vehicles,” Thomas said in an interview. “We’re taking what we are learning and applying it to other vehicles.”

The IIHS testing has added a fifth evaluation, which is the new small overlap test which replicates what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another car or object. Only 18 vehicles managed to earn the Top Safety Pick award. Here’s a list with the other 13 vehicles which got very good ratings at the tests.

Midsize moderately priced cars
• Chrysler 200 4-door
• Dodge Avenger
• Ford Fusion built after Dec. 2012
• Honda Accord 2-door
• Honda Accord 4-door
• Kia Optima
• Nissan Altima 4-door built after Nov. 2012
• Subaru Legacy built after Aug. 2012
• Subaru Outback built after Aug. 2012
• Suzuki Kizashi
• Volkswagen Passat built after Oct. 2012

Midsize luxury/near luxury cars
• Acura TL
• Volvo S60