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Looking for one of the safest cars on the road? Well, you're in lucky. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, better known as the IIHS, has released its list of top safety picks for 2021 — and we're bringing the best of them — the safest cars on sale — straight to you.

To be declared a Top Safety Pick+ — the ultimate expression of safety in the IIHS system — a car had to meet three criteria:

  1. It needed a "good" rating on the IIHS driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
  2. It needed an "advanced" or "superior" rating on front crash prevention.
  3. It also needed "acceptable" or "good" headlights to come standard. (Vehicles that only had those headlights available earned the penultimate "Top Safety Pick" award.)

This year, 67 vehicles have earned Top Safety Pick+ status. We've arranged them by brand in order of the greatest number of Top Safety Pick+ vehicles available from that car company; click on to see which carmaker had the most. (But you can probably guess.)

volvo xc40
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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Volvo S60
Volvo S60 Recharge
Volvo V60
Volvo V60 Recharge
Volvo V60 Cross Country
Volvo V90
Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo XC40
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60 Recharge
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90 Recharge

kia k5
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Hyundai / Kia / Genesis

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Genesis G70
Genesis G80
Genesis GV80
Genesis G90

Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai Nexo
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai Santa Fe
Kia Stinger
Kia K5 (built after Nov. 2020)

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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Mazda 3 Sedan
Mazda 3 Hatchback
Mazda 6
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-30 (built after Sept. 2020)
Mazda CX-9

audi e tron sportback rear
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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Audi A6
Audi A6 Allroad
Audi A7
Audi Q5
Audi Q5 Sportback
Audi e-tron
Audi e-tron Sportback

subaru forester gear patrol
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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Subaru Forester
Subaru Ascent

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Honda / Acura

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Acura MDX
Acura MDX

Acura RDX
Honda Insight
Honda Accord
Honda Odyssey

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Toyota / Lexus

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Lexus ES 350
Lexus IS
Lexus NX
Toyota Sienna
Toyota Camry
Toyota Highlander

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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Murano
Nissan Rogue

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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (w/optional front crash prevention)

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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Ford Bronco Sport
Ford Explorer

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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Cadillac XT6

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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Tesla Model 3

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Top Safety Pick+ Cars:
Mitsubishi Outlander (built after June 2021)

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