IIHS Safest Cars 2008

Styling and appearance sell a lot of vehicles worldwide, but beauty is only skin deep. Increased traffic and highway speeds are causing more accidents and unfortunately, more injuries and fatalities.

Consumers now more than ever, pay attention to safety data when selecting a new car. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one organization providing safety ratings derived from crash tests. The other is supported by the insurance industry, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

IIHS conducts several evaluations of vehicle integrity; including a 40 mph frontal offset crash; side impact crash; and a rear crash protection/head restraint study. Vehicle performance is rated good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Vehicles may perform well in one or two of the evaluations, but a select few achieve the highest rating in all three. If those vehicles are also available with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), it qualifies as an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Listed below is the Top Pick roster of 2008 vehicles, by segment. Exact methods, qualifications and full ratings for specific vehicles may be found online at: www.iihs.org.

IIHS Top Safety Picks 2008


Large Cars

Audi A6
Ford Taurus
Mercury Sable Volvo S80


Midsize Cars

Audi A3
Audi A4
Honda Accord
Saab 9-3
Subaru Legacy


Midsize Convertibles

Saab 9-3
Volvo C70


Small Car

Saturn Vue
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander
Volvo XC90

Small SUVs

Subaru Impreza



Honda Odyssey
Hyundai Entourage
Kia Sedona


Midsize SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Ford Edge
Ford Taurus X
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Veracruz
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes M Class Honda CRV
Honda Element
Subaru Forester


Large Pickup

Toyota Tundra


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