IIHS reveals 2010 top safety picks: Subaru leads while BMW or Toyota are nowhere to be seen | Rpmgo.com

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the US version of the Euro NCAP safety testing organization, has just revealed its picks for the safest cars of 2010, after subjecting to a grueling series of tests, including the brand new rollover protection evaluation, which helped trim narrow down the selection from 94 models in 2009 to just 27, arranged in five categories.

The cars needed to get a Good rating (the highest possible on the testing scale) in tests like front and side impacts, head restraint in rear crashes and to have Electronic Stability Control, alongside the aforementioned rollover test.

Among the big surprises this year, was the fact that reputed manufacturers like BMW or Toyota have no models in the safety picks, and that Subaru managed to be featured in every category it entered with its own models.

Hit the jump to see IIHS’s 2010 top safety picks in terms of large, medium and small cars, and medium or small SUVs.

Large cars Buick LaCrosse Ford Taurus Lincoln MKS

Volvo S80

Midsize cars Audi A3 Chevrolet Malibu built after Oct. 2009 Chrysler Sebring 4-door with optional ESC Dodge Avenger with optional ESC Mercedes-Benz C-Class Subaru Legacy Subaru Outback Volkswagen Jetta sedan Volkswagen Passat sedan

Volvo C30

Small cars Honda Civic 4-door with optional ESC, except Si Kia Soul Nissan Cube Subaru Impreza, except WRX

Volkswagen Golf 4-door

Midsize SUVs Dodge Journey Subaru Tribeca Volvo XC60

Volvo XC90

Small SUVs Honda Element Jeep Patriot with optional side air bags Subaru Forester

Volkswagen Tiguan

Overall, in case safety is your prime concern when buying a car, rest assured that these models will definitely keep you safe in a lot of unpleasant circumstances.

Source: Consumer Reports

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