IIHS awards 66 winners of Top Safety Pick for the 2011 model year

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that a total of 66 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award for 2011 including 40 cars, 25 SUVs and a minivan.

“Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests,” IIHS said in a statement. “Winners also must have available electronic stability control, a crash avoidance feature that significantly reduces crash risk. The ratings help consumers pick vehicles that offer a higher level of protection than federal safety standards require.”

Hyundai/Kia and Volkswagen/Audi each had 9 winners in 2011. next in line with 8 Top Safety Picks apiece are General Motors, Ford/Lincoln and Toyota/Lexus/Scion. Subaru is the only manufacturer with a winner in all the vehicle classes in which it competes. Subaru earned 5 awards for 2011.

Hit the jump for the full list of vehicles.

2011 Model Year Top Safety Winners:

Large cars

  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Buick Regal
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Cadillac CTS sedan
  • Ford Taurus
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Infiniti M37, M56
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Volvo S80

Midsize cars

  • Audi A3
  • Audi A4 sedan
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chrysler 200 four-door
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Ford Fusion
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
  • Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • Volvo C30

Small cars

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Honda Civic four-door models
  • Kia Forte sedan
  • Kia Soul
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Nissan Cube
  • Scion tC
  • Scion xB
  • Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volkswagen GTI


  • Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback built after July 2010


  • Toyota Sienna

Large SUV

  • Volkswagen Touareg

Midsize SUVs

  • Audi Q5
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Flex
  • GMC Terrain
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Kia Sorento
  • Lexus RX
  • Lincoln MKT
  • Mercedes GLK-Class
  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Venza
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volvo XC90

Small SUVs

  • Honda Element
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Kia Sportage
  • Subaru Forester
  • Volkswagen Tiguan

– By: Omar Rana