Eleven new vehicles were given the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The award recognizes vehicles that have superior overall crash protection in their class.
To qualify, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute’s front, side and rear tests and it must have electronic stability control.
Winners by vehicle class:
Small cars: 2009 Honda Civic with optional electronic stability control, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer with optional electronic stability control, 2008-09 Scion xB, and 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
Midsize cars: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta and 2009 Volkswagen Passat
Large luxury car: 2009 Lincoln MKS
Midsize SUVs: 2009 Ford Flex and 2009 Honda Pilot
Small pickup: 2009 Toyota Tacoma
Midsize convertible: 2009 Volkswagen Eos