Hawaii Car News – IIHS Picks Safest Cars For 2015

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On New Year’s Eve, Forbes announced the top picks for cars in terms of safety for 2015, as chosen by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last week. The good news is that this year, there are nearly twice the number of models that earned either Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ over last year. Toyota dominated the list, with 12 models out of the 71 chosen; Honda and Subaru also dominated for vehicle safety in 2015.

Two vehicles of note are the Toyota Prius v, and the Honda CR-V, both modified from recent years to improve safety and protection for drivers.

The four criteria that determine which cars are eligible for the safety awards include the small overlap front test, head restraints, roof strength, and side protection. Those that win in the Top Safety Pick+ category are required to have a superior or advanced rating for front crash prevention.

So, which cars performed best in terms of safety? Here’s a few of the models that made the list:

Subaru SV Crosstek
Subaru Impreza
Lexus CT 200h
Mazda 3
Toyota Prius
Chrysler 200
Mazda 6
Toyota Camry
Subaru Legacy
Volvo 580
Infiniti Q70 (except V-8 4WD)
Acura RLX
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mazda CX-5
Toyota Sienna
Toyota Avalon
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Passat

Safety has become a top priority recently, as more and more recalls seem to dominate the headlines. If you’re looking for a car chosen for outstanding safety, you may want to consider one of the above or others of the 71 we didn’t mention, all found at the IIHS HLDI website .

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