ARLINGTON, Virginia – Toyota leads all automakers with nine 2016 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ winners, according to a new report issued today.
The Toyota winners include the Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius v and Toyota RAV4. The 2016 Scion iA, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus ES, Lexus NX and Lexus RC also earned the Institute’s highest award.
Missing from the list are the Toyota Highlander SUV and Toyota Sienna minivan.
They “are available with an advanced-rated autobrake system, but less-than-good ratings in the small overlap front test put the midsize SUV and minivan out of contention for a 2016 accolade,” the Institute said.
The 48 winners of the “Plus” award have a superior- or advanced-rated front-crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities.
Honda was also a standout in the Top Safety Pick+ roll call with eight awards. The winners include the 2016 Honda Accord coupe and sedan, Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot.
Volkswagen/Audi had seven Plus-award winners, including the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and Volkswagen Passat.
The 2016 Chrysler 200 is the only domestic model to earn a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2016 Fiat 500X also earned the top award.
Ford has a sole winning model this year, the F-150 SuperCrew, but that vehicle earned the lesser Top Safety Pick designation.
“More than 20 winners of the 2015 Top Safety Pick award and four Plus-award winners don’t qualify under the 2016 criteria,” the Institute said, noting that “tougher criteria” thwarted many vehicles.
Edmunds says: This is a critical list for any car shopper. But all consumers should be encouraged by the Institute’s assertion that “vehicles have never been safer.”