Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ford, Subaru and Volkswagen Rated As Top 3 Safest Cars



Once again, Ford, the automaker of the moment, has found something else to win.

Ford, Subaru and Volkswagen top the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is giving its top safety pick today to 19 passenger cars and eight sport-utility vehicles for the 2010 model year, and Ford and its subsidiary Volvo received the most picks, six.

The institute substantially reduced the number of awards compared with 2009, because of tougher requirements for roof strength.

Japan's Subaru and Germany's Volkswagen and sister brand Audi came next on the list. But there were bits of good news for a lot of automakers, including General Motors and its new Buick LaCrosse. Here's the whole thing:

LARGE CARS

Buick LaCrosse

Ford Taurus

Lincoln MKS

Volvo S80

MIDSIZE CARS

Audi A3

Chevrolet Malibu (built after Oct. 2009)

Chrysler Sebring (four-door with optional ESC)

Dodge Avenger

Mercedes C-Class

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Outback

Volkswagen Jetta (four-door)

Volkswagen Passat (four-door)

Volvo C30

SMALL CARS

Honda Civic (four-door with optional ESC, except Si)

Kia Soul

Nissan Cube

Subaru Impreza (except WRX)

Volkswagen Golf (four-door)

MIDSIZE SUVs

Dodge Journey

Subaru Tribeca

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC90

SMALL SUVs

Honda Element

Jeep Patriot (with optional side thorax air bags)

Subaru Forester

Volkswagen Tiguan

source: comtent.usatoday