Safest 2016 Model New Cars on the Road

2016 brings stricter tests and tougher criteria to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's coveted Top Safety Pick + award.

Each year hundreds of crash tests are performed on vehicles to see how well they protect the occupants inside the vehicle. These tests include ratings for high tech safety systems and crash prevention systems.

Out of all the 2016 model cars tested, only sixty-one earned a high enough ranking to qualify for the award. Of the sixty-one, forty-eight earned the highest safety award from the IIHS; the Top Safety Pick + award.

Each time a new vehicle or year model is introduced to the market it is tested on its crashworthiness, only the best and highest rated vehicles are presented with awards.

The International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts crash tests to determine how well a vehicle will protect its occupants if involved in a collision. You can read more about how the IIHS rates a vehicle during a collision and how they perform their controlled crash tests here. The vehicles with the best test results receive the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + award.

When a vehicle is tested, it must get good or acceptable ratings in the small overlap front test, moderate overlap side, front, head restraint and roof strength tests to receive the IIHS's Top Safety Pick Award.

For a vehicle to qualify for a 2016 Top Rated Safety Pick + Award, it must meet the above criteria and an advanced or superior rating for its equipped front crash prevention system. The vehicle must be equipped with this technology to earn the award. If it's not equipped, it may still receive a Top Safety Pick Award.

Keep in Mind: Vehicles larger and heavier in weight do somewhat influence the protection of the occupants inside the vehicle during a serious or high speed crash. So generally speaking, a heavier, larger vehicle will provide you with more protection than a lighter, smaller car. So, a smaller vehicle that's been awarded a Top Safety Pick or PLUS award does not automatically mean it offers more or better protection than a bigger vehicle that didn't earn an award.

If you're considering the purchase of a new car or truck and safety is important to you. Take a look at all of the award winning 2016 model new cars with the best crash test ratings below to help in your research before making a final decision.

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Best Crash Test Ratings for 2016 New Car Models

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Award 2016 Model New Vehicle
Award 2016 Mini Cars
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Scion iA
Award 2016 Small Cars
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Acura ILX
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Lexus CT 200h
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Mazda 3 4 - Door Sedan and Hatchback
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Subaru Impreza
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Subaru WRX
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volkswagen Golf 4 - Door hatchback and SportWagen Models
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volkswagen GTI 4 - Door Models
Top Safety Pick 2016 Chevrolet Sonic
Top Safety Pick 2016 Kia Soul
Top Safety Pick 2016 Nissan Sentra
Award 2016 Midsize Moderately Priced New Cars
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Chrysler 200
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Honda Accord 4 - Door Sedan
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Honda Accord 2 - Door Coupe
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Mazda 6
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Nissan Maxima
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Subaru Legacy
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Subaru Outback
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Toyota Camry
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Toyota Prius v
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volkswagen Passat
Top Safety Pick 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited (Available Only to Fleets)
Award 2016 Midsize Luxury/Near Luxury New Cars
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Audi A3
Top Safety Pick + 2016 BMW 2 Series
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Lexus ES
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volvo S60
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volvo V60
Award 2016 Large Family Cars
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Toyota Avalon
Award 2016 Large Luxury Cars
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Acura RLX
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Audi A6 (Built After January 2015)
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Hyundai Genesis
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Infiniti Q70 (Does Not Apply to V8 4WD Models)
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Lexus RC
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volvo S80
Award 2016 Small SUVs
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Fiat 500X (Built After July 2015)
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Honda CR-V
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Hyundai Tucson
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Mazda CX-5
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Subaru Forester
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Toyota RAV4
Top Safety Pick 20165 Buick Encore
Top Safety Pick 2016 Nissan Rogue
Award 2016 Midsize SUVs
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Honda Pilot
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Nissan Murano
Top Safety Pick 2016 Chevrolet Equinox
Top Safety Pick 2016 GMC Terrain
Top Safety Pick 2016 Kia Sorento
Award 2016 Midsize Luxury SUVs
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Acura MDX
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Acura RDX
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Audi Q5
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Lexus NX
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volvo XC60
Top Safety Pick + 2016 Volvo XC90
Top Safety Pick 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Award 2016 Minivans
Top Safety Pick 2016 Honda Odyssey
Top Safety Pick 2015 Kia Sedona
Award 2016 Large Pickup Truck
Top Safety Pick 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew