2011 Top Safety Picks

Vehicles that perform best in our evaluations qualify for Top Safety Pick, which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+, which was inaugurated in 2013.

These awards identify the best vehicle choices for safety within size categories during a given year. Larger, heavier vehicles generally afford more protection than smaller, lighter ones. Thus, a small car that qualifies for an award might not protect its occupants as well as a bigger vehicle that doesn't earn the award.

Minicars

Top Safety Pick

2012 Fiat 500 2-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after July 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Fiesta 4-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after July 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Fiesta 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after July 2010

Small cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Chevrolet Sonic 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Volt 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Ford Focus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Except Si models

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Elantra 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Kia Forte 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lexus CT 200h 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mazda 3 4-door sedan

applies only to vehicles built after December 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mazda 3 4-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after December 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mini Countryman 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan

Except 4-wheel drive

Top Safety Pick

2011 Nissan Cube 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Nissan Juke 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Nissan Leaf 4-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Scion tC 2-door hatchback

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Scion xB 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

Except WRX

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Toyota Prius 4-door hatchback

applies only to vehicles built after December 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Golf 4-door hatchback

4-door models

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen GTI 4-door hatchback

4-door models

Midsize cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Audi A3 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chrysler 200 4-door sedan

4-door models

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Avenger 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Kia Optima 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Legacy 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Outback 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 4-door wagon

Top Safety Pick

2012 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo C30 2-door hatchback

Midsize luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Audi A4 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKZ 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen CC 4-door sedan

Does not apply to 4-wheel drive models.

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo S60 4-door sedan

Large cars

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Buick LaCrosse 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Buick Regal 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chrysler 300 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Charger 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Avalon 4-door sedan

Large luxury cars

Top Safety Pick

2012 Audi A6 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 BMW 5 series 4-door sedan

Except 4-wheel drive and V8 models

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Cadillac CTS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Equus 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Genesis 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Infiniti M37/M56 4-door sedan

Except M56x 4-wheel drive

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKS 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2-door coupe

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011 Saab 9-5 4-door sedan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo S80 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011 Honda Element 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Hyundai Tucson 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Jeep Patriot 4-door SUV

with optional side torso airbags

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Sportage 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV

Midsize SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Equinox 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Durango 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after May 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Dodge Journey 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Edge 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after February 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Explorer 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford Flex 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 GMC Terrain 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after March 2010

Top Safety Pick

2011 Saab 9-4X 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Subaru Tribeca 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Highlander 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Venza 4-door SUV

Midsize luxury SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Audi Q5 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Cadillac SRX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011 Infiniti EX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lexus RX 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKT 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Lincoln MKX 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after February 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Mercedes-Benz GLK 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo XC60 4-door SUV

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Large SUVs

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Buick Enclave 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after January 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Chevrolet Traverse 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after January 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 GMC Acadia 4-door SUV

applies only to vehicles built after January 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door SUV

Minivans

Top Safety Pick

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Toyota Sienna Minivan

Top Safety Pick

2012 Volkswagen Routan Minivan

Large pickups

Top Safety Pick

2011-12 Ford F-150 Crew cab pickup

applies only to vehicles built after February 2011

Top Safety Pick

2011 Toyota Tundra Extended cab pickup

2011 criteria

Top Safety Pick

To qualify for 2011 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and must offer electronic stability control.

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