Roundup: All the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

May 12, 2017

The IIHS has revealed its list of what it considers to be the safest new cars available—those that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award.

For 2017, making the cut has become even more difficult since cars now need to meet the insurance-funded independent agency's headlight effectiveness test in addition to delivering strong crash test performance and offering a highly-rated automatic emergency braking system.

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Now, cars need to earn at least the agency's "good" or "acceptable" ratings for their headlights and either "advanced" or "superior" for their available automatic emergency braking, plus "good" ratings in the following crash tests:

  • Small overlap front
  • Moderate overlap front
  • Side impact
  • Roof strength
  • Head restraint

If a vehicle receives all those marks, it's considered a Top Safety Pick+. It can be awarded the standard Top Safety Pick title if its headlights don't pass muster or if it doesn't offer a strong-performing automatic emergency braking. One caveat to this award is that, to be considered a Top Safety Pick+, the individual model must both be equipped with often optional automatic emergency braking and with the highest-performing headlights available.

For instance, the 2017 Honda Accord is considered a Top Safety Pick+ only if it is equipped with the automaker's optional Honda Sensing safety suite (which includes automatic emergency braking) and if it has the standard halogen headlamps that earn an "acceptable" score on the IIHS' test. An Accord with either the LED lights or not optioned up with Honda Sensing is not considered a Top Safety Pick+.

The lesson here? Just because a car appears on the list below doesn't automatically mean it comes standard with all of the available safety features needed to earn the top award. 

2017 Audi A4 in IIHS crash testing

2017 Audi A4 in IIHS crash testing

Look for this list to continue to grow as the IIHS tests more 2017 models and keep in mind that the IIHS doesn't test every car on the market.

2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award Winners

  • Acura MDX
  • Acura RDX
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Audi A3
  • Audi A4
  • Audi Q5
  • BMW 2-Series
  • BMW 3-Series
  • BMW 5-Series
  • Buick Envision
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chrysler Pacifica (built after August 2016)
  • Genesis G80
  • Genesis G90
  • Honda Accord Sedan
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Pilot
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Hyundai Elantra Sedan (built after March 2016)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (built after March 2016)
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Kia Forte (built after March 2017)
  • Lexus NX
  • Lexus RC
  • Lexus RX
  • Lexus ES
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Mazda 3
  • Mazda 6
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Forester (built after October 2016)
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Prius/Prius Prime (built after August 2016)
  • Toyota Prius v
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo V60
  • Volvo XC60

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And here's a look at models that earned the standard Top Safety Pick award, the standard is lower for the cars' headlamps and their collision avoidance tech—but the IIHS points out that their basic safety structures are still top notch. All told, any car to be awarded either the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award is among the safest on the market. Here at The Car Connection, we factor both awards into our ratings system. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Award Winners

  • Acura ILX
  • Acura RLX
  • Audi A3
  • Audi A6
  • Audi Q7
  • BMW 2-Series
  • BMW X1
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chrysler 200
  • Fiat 500X
  • Ford Fusion
  • GMC Acadia
  • Honda Accord Coupe
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Infiniti Q70 (except V-8 all-wheel drive)
  • Infiniti QX60
  • Kia Sedona
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Sportage
  • Kia Optima
  • Lincoln MKX
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Lexus CT 200h
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan
  • Mini Cooper
  • Mini Countryman
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Subaru WRX
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Yaris iA
  • Volkswagen Golf/Golf Alltrack/Golf Sportwagen/GTI
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Volvo S90
  • Volvo XC90
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