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US IIHS has released the results of their annual rankings, with Chrysler 200 being the only domestic model to qualify for a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award.

48 vehicles meet tougher criteria for 2016 to take home the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ award, earning good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations and an advanced or higher rating for front crash prevention. An additional 13 models qualified for Top Safety Pick. In the award count, Toyota leads manufacturers with nine 2016 Top Safety Pick+ winners, including the popular Camry midsize car, while Honda picks up eight Top Safety Pick+ awards and one Top Safety Pick. Volkswagen/Audi has seven plus-award winners, while Six Subaru models qualify for Top Safety Pick+. The Chrysler 200 is the only domestic model to receive the Top Safety Pick+ award this year. One other vehicle from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Fiat 500X, earns the Institute’s highest award for 2016. Ford has just one winning model this year, the F-150 SuperCrew, which earns Top Safety Pick. The large pickup is the only Ford with a good small overlap rating.

Among the Top Safety Pick+ winners, there are 31 models with an available superior-rated front crash prevention system and 17 models with an advanced rating. The Scion iA, a Top Safety Pick+ winner, is the first low-priced car with a standard autobrake system. With a base price of about 16,000 dollars, the iA is rated advanced for front crash prevention and is the only minicar to earn a 2016 IIHS award. Besides the iA, autobrake is standard on just a few luxury vehicles. These include all Volvo models, some Mercedes-Benz models and the Acura RLX. More automakers are expected to make autobrake standard equipment in the near future under a voluntary agreement being developed by automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and IIHS.

“We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “For the first time, a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test is a requirement to win, in addition to an available front crash prevention system. How that system rates determines whether a vehicle will earn Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick.”

2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+:

Minicar
• Scion iA

Small cars
• Acura ILX
• Lexus CT 200h
• Mazda 3 (4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback)
• Subaru Crosstrek
• Subaru Impreza
• Subaru WRX
• Volkswagen Golf (4-door hatchback and SportWagen models)
• Volkswagen GTI (4-door model)

Midsize moderately priced cars
• Chrysler 200
• Honda Accord 4-door sedan
• Honda Accord 2-door coupe
• Mazda 6
• Nissan Maxima
• Subaru Legacy
• Subaru Outback
• Toyota Camry
• Toyota Prius v
• Volkswagen Jetta
• Volkswagen Passat

Midsize luxury/near luxury cars
• Audi A3
• BMW 2 series
• Lexus ES
• Volvo S60
• Volvo V60

Large family car
• Toyota Avalon

Large luxury cars
• Acura RLX
• Audi A6 (built after January 2015)
• Hyundai Genesis
• Infiniti Q70 (does not apply to V8 4WD models)
• Lexus RC
• Mercedes-Benz E-Class
• Volvo S80

Small SUVs
• Fiat 500X (built after July 2015)
• Honda CR-V
• Hyundai Tucson
• Mazda CX-5
• Mitsubishi Outlander
• Subaru Forester
• Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs
• Honda Pilot
• Nissan Murano

Midsize luxury SUVs
• Acura MDX
• Acura RDX
• Audi Q5
• Lexus NX
• Volvo XC60
• Volvo XC90

2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick:

Small cars
• Chevrolet Sonic
• Kia Soul
• Nissan Sentra

Midsize moderately priced car
• Chevrolet Malibu Limited (available only to fleets)

Small SUVs
• Buick Encore
• Nissan Rogue

Midsize SUVs
• Chevrolet Equinox
• GMC Terrain
• Kia Sorento

Midsize luxury SUV
• Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Minivans
• Honda Odyssey
• Kia Sedona

Large pickup
• Ford F-150 SuperCrew