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Winners of New IIHS “Top Safety Pick Plus” Status Named

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The 2013 Nissan Altima Earns Top Safety Pick Plus Ranking

Nissan’s new-for-2013 Altima earned Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” ranking, which is also new-for-2013. It’s worth pointing out that only midsize cars made the list. Smaller and larger cars, as well as SUVs, minivans, and large pickup trucks, did not have a single model that achieved IIHS’ new “Top Safety Pick Plus”-winning results in crash testing. (Photo courtesy Nissan North America.)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety– that’s IIHS to the cool kids– has long named its “Top Safety Picks.” Now, the industry group is doing that one better by naming a list of “Top Safety Pick Plus” automobiles.

In order to obtain the old “Top Safety Pick” ranking, a car had to score “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests regardless of their rating in the small overlap front crash test. To make the new “Plus” category, vehicles must achieve a “good” rating in at least four of the five tests and have no test result that is less than the “acceptable” rating. “Good” is IIHS’ top rating for crash tests. If you want to read more about the tests and how results are judged, head over to IIHS’ official site.

So which cars made the “Plus” list? Here:

  1. Chrysler 200 (four-door models only)
  2. Dodge Avenger
  3. Ford Fusion (built after December 2012)
  4. Honda Accord (both two-door and four-door models)
  5. Kia Optima
  6. Nissan Altima (built after November 2012)
  7. Subaru Legacy
  8. Subaru Outback
  9. Suzuki Kizashi
  10. Volkswagen Passat (built after October 2012)
  11. Acura TL
  12. Volvo S60

Interestingly, only cars in the IIHS’ “Midsize Moderately Priced Cars” and “Midsize Luxury/Near Luxury Cars” categories earned the “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating. No models in the other IIHS categories (Minicars, Small Cars, Large Family Cars, Large Luxury Cars, Small SUVs, Midsize SUVs, Large SUVs, Minivans, and Large Pickups) earned the “Plus” status.

The full list of cars on IIHS’ “Top Safety Pick” list, which has been around since 2006, is much larger. To see all models that earned the “Top Safety Pick” status, click here and get the info straight from the source.

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