The Best of the Best for Safety

2013 Subaru Legacy

Thanks to upgraded airbags and All Wheel Drive, the Subaru Legacy is among the vehicles to review the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that some of our top models are also the safest models the customer can choose.

Among those given IIHS’s new Top Safety Pick+ Award were the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback.

IIHS said that along with its traditional rankings, they wanted to let the consumer know which vehicles were the safest, thus creating the TSP+ award.

“Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “We’re pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013.”

The list includes:

2013 Nissan Altima


IIHS gave it high marks thanks to an all new redesigned that include changes to make the car even safer.

2013 Honda Accord


Both the coupe and sedan trims of the Honda Accord made the grade. Many safety upgrades to the Accord include the “lane changing camera,” a new camera installed on the right mirror that displays on the center console when you are turning  into a potential  blind spot.

2013 Ford Focus


New structural changes to the stylish Focus, along with lane departure warnings, helped place the Focus on the list.

2013 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback

As IIHS says “Subaru changed airbag control modules on the production line so side curtain airbags would deploy for improved head protection.” Other features such as speed control and Symmetrical All Wheel Drive help Subaru become the only manufacturer with two vehicles on this list.

2013 Kia Optima


Top Safety Pick+ winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

Congrats to those as the Top Safety Picks.


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