64 US vehicles get insurance group’s top safety rating

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This undated combination of photos shows clockwise from top left the logos for Nissan, Honda, Mazda and Subaru. Sixty-four cars and SUVs sold in the U.S. earned Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Those with a Top Safety Pick Plus rating are the Honda Insight, Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Mazda 6, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Legacy, the Subaru Outback built after October of last year, and the Toyota Camry. (AP Photos)

DETROIT (AP) – 64 cars and SUVs sold in the U.S. earned Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2020 model year vehicles perform well in crash tests and have headlights available that are rated “good” or “acceptable.” They also have front crash prevention systems available such as automatic emergency braking that earn “advanced” or “superior” ratings in detecting other vehicles and pedestrians.​     

No minivans or pickups made the list because they either lack the safety devices or get “acceptable” rather than the top “good” rating on some crash tests.​     

Of the 64, 23 got the institute’s Top Safety Pick Plus award, meaning they have good headlights as standard equipment, as well as meeting all the other requirements.​     

Those with a Top Safety Pick Plus rating are the Honda Insight, Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Mazda 6, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Legacy, the Subaru Outback built after October of last year, and the Toyota Camry.

Also included are the Lexus ES, the Tesla Model 3, the Mercedes C-Class with optional front crash prevention, Mazda’s CX-3 and CX-5 with optional crash prevention, and the Subaru Forester.​     

The institute evaluated more than 200 models from the 2020 model year, although some were not tested in all categories. A list of winners can be found on the institute’s website by clicking here.

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