The Safest Cars of 2014

Written by Staff Writer

Every year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performs independent safety testing on automobiles to determine the safest cars. For 2014 the IIHS has added an additional test to its criteria, the small overlap front test. Cars earn a score of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor in each of five tests. A score of Good in all five earns the automobile the distinction of IIHS Top Safety Pick.

This year the IIHS has a new rating above Top Safety Pick, called Top Safety Pick+. This means the car earned a score of Good in all five tests and also is equipped with collision prevention systems, such as warning sounds when the car is about to hit another car or object.

IIHS 2014 Top Safety Picks


  • Chevrolet Spark

Small Car

  • Dodge Dart
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic 2-Door
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Scion tC
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek

Midsize Moderately Priced Car

  • Chrysler 200 4-door
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Kia Optima
  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota Camry (built after 2013)
  • Volkswagen Passat

Midsize Luxury Car

  • Acura TL

Small SUV

  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Midsize Luxury SUV

  • Volvo XC90

IIHS 2014 Top Safety Picks+*

Small Car

  • Honda Civic 4-Door
  • Mazda 3 (built after 2013)
  • Toyota Prius (built after 2013)

Midsize Moderately Priced Car

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord 2-door
  • Honda Accord 4-door
  • Mazda 6
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback

Midsize Luxury Car

  • Infiniti Q50
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Volvo S60

Luxury Car

  • Acura RLX
  • Volvo S80

Small SUV

  • Mazda CX-5 (built 2013)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Subaru Forester

Midsize SUV

  • Toyota Highlander

Midsize Luxury SUV

  • Acura MDX
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class (built after August 2013)
  • Volvo XC60


  • Honda Odyssey

*The cars designated as Top Safety Pick+ only qualify for this title when equipped with optional front crash prevention systems, typically not included in the base models. Only the Volvo S60, S80, and XC60 and Honda Civic 4-door come with these systems as standard equipment. Driving Safety Articles:
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