Cars with the best safety rating

A guide to models with the top automotive safety ratings: Choose the cars with the best safety rating to keep your family safe in a collission.

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Car shoppers often look for vehicles with powerful engines or comfortable interiors, but the safety rating of your new car is also important. Buying one of the cars with the best safety rating awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety can protect you from injuries in the event of an accident. Some insurance companies also offer lower rates to people who drive top-rated safety picks. Learn more about IIHS ratings and find out which models have been awarded top safety honors.

The IIHS awarded the Top Safety Pick+ rating to four models this year. The Top Safety Pick+ rating builds on the Top Safety Pick rating, which is awarded to vehicles that receive "good" ratings in the moderate overlap side, front, rear and rollover tests. The IIHS does not take each vehicle's performance on the small overlap front test into account when assigning the Top Safety Pick rating. Vehicles that earn Top Safety Pick+ must receive "good" ratings in four of the five tests administered by the IIHS. A Top Safety Pick+ must also receive a rating no lower than "acceptable" on the fifth IIHS test.

Honda Civic

Honda CivicBoth the two-door and four-door versions of the Honda Civic received the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating. Both models have antilock brakes, traction and stability control, head airbags in the front and rear, daytime running lights, child seat anchors and other valuable safety features. If you are concerned about the number of miles per gallon your car gets, you should know that the Civic gets an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is another of the cars awarded the best safety rating from the IIHS. This mid-size SUV gets an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Available safety features include a remote antitheft system, child seat anchors, antilock brakes, daytime running lights, traction control, turn signal mirrors, stability control and dusk-sensing headlamps. The XC60 seats five passengers and has a maximum cargo capacity of 67.4 cubic feet. The car-buying guide for the XC60 lists a 3.2L engine and a six-speed automatic transition among its many features.

Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZThe final model in the list of cars with the best safety rating from the IIHS is the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. This mid-size luxury sedan has a 2.0L engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The MKZ is equipped with desirable safety features, such as child seat anchors and an engine immobilizer. This model also comes with antilock brakes, dusk-sensing headlamps, child safety locks, adaptive headlights and an interior trunk release. The buyer's guide for this model indicates that it comes in eight exterior colors and three interior colors.

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When you're ready to buy a new car, it's important to read reviews and check car rankings before you take a test drive. Use Reply! to connect with local dealerships and receive the most competitive price quotes in your area. Before scheduling an appointment, research the cars with the best safety rating from IIHS to see which one has the features you need at a cost you can afford.

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