The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the results of its 2016 Top Safety Pick+ awards, for vehicles that earned good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations and an advanced or higher rating for front crash prevention. A total of 61 models managed to make it to this year’s rankings, with 13 qualifying for the Top Safety Pick award.

The non-profit, US-based organisation established a few compulsory requirements in order to qualify for either award. This includes good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a standard or optional front crash prevention system.

To obtain the “plus” award, the 48 winners had a superior- or advanced-rated front crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities. These vehicles must be capable of stopping or slowing down without driver intervention before hitting a target in tests at 19 km/h, 40 km/h or both.

As for the 13 models that receive the Top Safety Pick award, they only had basic-rated front crash prevention system, which typically only issues a warning and doesn’t brake automatically. “We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president.

The winners are divided in various categories. It is important to note that not all models on IIHS’ list are available here in Malaysia. Even if they were, their safety features may not be reflective of what is offered in the US either.

In the “small cars” category, the Lexus CT 200h, Mazda 3 (sedan and hatchback), Subaru WRX, Volkswagen Golf and its GTI variant all managed to earn the Top Safety Pick+ award. Meanwhile, the Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Subaru Outback, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry took home awards in the “midsize moderately priced cars category.”

Moving on to the “midsize luxury/near luxury cars” category, the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series, Lexus ES and Volvo S60 qualified for the “plus” award as well. Awards for the “large luxury cars” category went to the Audi A6, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q70, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

As for the SUVs, the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester walked away with awards in the “small SUVs” category, the Nissan Murano in the “midsize SUVs” category, while the Audi Q5, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60 and Volvo XC90 scored well in the “midsize luxury SUVs” category.

Recipients of the IIHS Top Safety Pick award meanwhile, include the Kia Sorento (midsize SUVs), Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (midsize luxury SUV), Chevrolet Sonic (small cars) and Honda Odyssey (minivans).