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Family Vehicles Dominate IIHS 2012 Top Safety Pick Awards


2012 Toyota Camry XLE

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

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With the record number of 115 vehicles winning 2012 Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there’s good news for consumers and families looking for the safest vehicles to buy.

Among the list of winners, all but seven can arguably be classified as family vehicles. The four Top Safety Pick winners in the minicar category are much too small for family-car use, except, perhaps, as a second or third car, and the three winners in the large pickup truck category would similarly not generally be considered family vehicles. That leaves an impressive – and record – 108 vehicles that are.

Families come in all sizes, and require various types of vehicles to accommodate their everyday wants and needs, as well as lifestyle and recreational pursuits. In small cars, 25 are Top Safety Picks, including four new entries to the list this year: the Honda CR-Z, Honda Insight, Scion xD and the redesigned Subaru Impreza (except WRX).

2012 Buick Verano

2012 Buick Verano

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In mid-size cars, including moderately-priced and luxury/near luxury, there are a total of 24 winners. New recipients of Top Safety Pick awards this year include the all-new Buick Verano, the Honda Accord, the redesigned Toyota Camry and the all-new Prius v, the Acura TL and the Acura TSX. See why our sister publication TheCarConnection gives the 2012 Buick Verano an overall 8.0 (out of 10) rating in this review.

2012 Honda Accord

2012 Honda Accord

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For Honda, this marks the Accord’s return to the list for first time since 2009. As for the Toyota Camry, the first-ever Top Safety Pick award for the Camry is one that the Japanese automaker was eager to achieve, having a strong emphasis on safety in the vehicle’s redesign for 2012. The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are two of the top-selling mid-size family sedans in the market. See reviews in TheCarConnection of the 2012 Honda Accord here and the 2012 Toyota Camry here.

Seventeen large cars receive Top Safety Pick awards, six in the large family cars category and 11 in large luxury cars. All are repeat winners from 2011.

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 - U.S. spec

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 - U.S. spec

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A total of 38 SUVs are designated Top Safety Picks, including the following new award recipients this year: Honda CR-V in the small SUVs category, Honda Pilot in mid-size SUVs, and the Acura MDX, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class in mid-size luxury SUVs.

Five minivans are 2012 Top Safety Picks: the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Volkswagen Routan.

TheCarConnection provides another perspective on the 115 Top Safety Pick winners for 2012.

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