Safest Vehicles of 2010 Model Year

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on November 20, 2009 in Car Accidents
Updated on April 24, 2024

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its top safety picks earlier this week to 19 passenger cars and eight SUVs for the 2010 model year.

Ford, Subaru and Volkswagen lead the annual list of the safest new vehicles. The number of awards this year (27) was dramatically reduced from last year (94) because of tougher requirements for roof strength.

Following is a list of the winning manufacturers and the models:

  • Chrysler: Sebring
  • Dodge: Avenger, Journey
  • Ford Motor Co: Taurus, Lincoln MKS
  • GM: Buick LaCrosse and Chevy Mailbu
  • Honda: Honda Civic and Element
  • Jeep: Patriot
  • Kia: Soul
  • Mercedes: C class
  • Nissan: Cube
  • Subaru: Legacy, Outback, Impreza, Tribeca and Forester
  • Volkswagen: Jetta, Passat, Golf, Audi A3 and Tiguan
  • Volvo: S80, C30, XC60 and XC90

The criteria used to test these vehicles includes: protection in front, side and rear crash tests; all vehicles must have electronic stability control, or ESC; and, roof strength evaluation.

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