These Are the Safest New Cars in America, According to the Experts

The IIHS has published its list of Top Safety Picks, with brands like Volvo and Subaru leading the charge.

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Genesis

Looking for one of the safest cars you can buy in 2022? Well, you're in luck. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, better known as the IIHS, has released its list of top safety picks for 2022 — 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 "Top Safety Pick" award.)

This year, 65 vehicles have earned Top Safety Pick+ status. Renowned safety-focused brand Volvo led the way with ten vehicles earning that status. Check out the complete list.

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Volvo
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Volvo (10 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Volvo S60
Volvo S60 Recharge
Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60 Recharge

Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90 Recharge

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Audi
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Audi (7 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Audi A6
Audi A6 Allroad
Audi A7
Audi Q5

Audi Q5 Sportback
Audi e-tron
Audi e-tron Sportback

genesis gv70 suv
Genesis
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Genesis (5 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Genesis G70 (after June 2021)
Genesis G80

Genesis G90

Genesis GV70

Genesis GV80

honda civic si
Honda
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Honda (5 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Honda Civic Hatchback
Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Insight
Honda Accord

Honda Odyssey

mazda cx 30 turbo
Mazda
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Mazda (5 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Mazda 3 Sedan
Mazda 3 Hatchback
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-30
Mazda CX-9

hyundai palisade
Hyundai
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Hyundai (4 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai Santa Fe
(after July 2021)
Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Nexo

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Nissan
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Nissan (4 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Murano
Nissan Rogue

subaru forester gear patrol
Subaru
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Subaru (4 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Subaru Ascent

2022 mdx a spec
Acura
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Acura (3 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars

Acura TLX
Acura MDX

Acura RDX

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Toyota
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Toyota (3 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Toyota Sienna
Toyota Camry
Toyota Highlander

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David Dewhurst Photography
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Lexus (2 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Lexus IS
Lexus ES 350

kia k5
Kia
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Kia (2 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Kia Stinger
Kia K5

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Mercedes-Benz
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Mercedes-Benz (2 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan (w/optional front crash prevention)
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
(w/optional front crash prevention)

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Ford
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Ford (2 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Ford Bronco Sport
Ford Explorer

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VCGGetty Images
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Tesla (2 Cars)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model Y

cadillac xt6 gear patrol
Cadillac
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Cadillac (1 Car)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Cadillac XT6

2021 chevrolet trailblazer rs
Jim Frenak-FPI Studios
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Chevrolet (1 Car)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Stellantis
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Chrysler (1 Car)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Chrysler Pacifica

mitsubishi outlander
Mitsubishi
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Mitsubishi (1 Car)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Mitsubishi Outlander (built after June 2021)

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Volkswagen
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Volkswagen (1 Car)

Top Safety Pick+ Cars:

Volkswagen ID.4

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Ford
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