The U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has revealed its 2014 list of the safest vehicles on the market, with a total of 22 vehicles receiving a top safety pick designation.

Based on crash-test performance, a total of 39 vehicles met the 2014 criteria for the IIHS safety awards. But for the first time, vehicles featuring an effective front crash-prevention system received a special “plus” designation.

Examples of front crash-prevention systems are the forward collision-warning system, which monitors the road ahead and can warn a driver of an imminent emergency, or an automatic-braking system, which can take action if the driver doesn’t brake fast enough.

“These are the systems that hold the promise of preventing a lot of crashes from happening altogether,” Russ Rader of IIHS told Canada AM.


Small Cars

  • Honda Civic Hybrid
  • Mazda 3 (Built after October 2013)
  • Toyota Prius (Built after November 2013)

Midsize moderately priced cars

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord 2-door
  • Honda Accord 4-door
  • Mazda 6
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback

Midsize Luxury/near luxury cars

  • Infiniti Q50
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Volvo S60

Large luxury cars

  • Acura RLX
  • Volvo S80
  • Small SUVs
  • Mazda CX-5 (built after October 2013)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Subaru Forester

Midsize SUV

  • Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

  • Acura MDX
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class (Built after August 2013)
  • Volvo XC60


  • Honda Odyssey



  • Chevrolet Spark

Small cars

  • Dodge Dart
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic 2-door
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Scion TC
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek

Midsize moderately priced cars

  • Chrysler 200
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Kia Optima
  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota Camry (Built after November 2013)
  • Volkswagen Passat

Midsize luxury/Near-luxury cars

  • Acura TL

Small SUVS

  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Midsize luxury SUVs

  • Volvo XC90