IIHS Adds Three Cars to Top Safety Pick List

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety bestowed its top award to two redesigned vehicles and one all-new car. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera and 2012 Toyota Prius c all earned the top rating of Good in IIHS crash tests and have been named Top Safety Picks.

The updated for 2013 Malibu Eco mild hybrid midsize sedan, redesigned Azera large sedan and tiny all-new Prius c hatchback received Good scores in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The rollover test includes a roof-strength test. To pass, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of four times its weight.

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Model-year 2006-11 Hyundai Azera models were only tested for front and side impacts and received the second-best Acceptable rating in side-impact testing. The 2012 model earned the Good rating across all test areas. Lastly, the Prius c is an-all new vehicle; it joins siblings Prius and Prius v on IIHS' Top Safety Pick list.

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All 3 are great cars. I cannot wait to see how the Azera does. I was blown away by the feature on the hyundai website.

Indeed, this can be considered as a feat for these cars! Being as one of the safest picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety means that you are being endorsed by this highly-touted organization, and the fact that these car companies are promoting safety will make them very tempting choices among car buyers. :)

Nice! Car owners should really be concerned with their car’s ability to protect them in case anything happens. If I were to go looking for a car to buy, I’d prioritize its safety features more than its appearance. Who needs a sleek and shiny car if it can’t protect you from car accidents?

I agree with you Dante. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would just mindlessly buy a car because it looks good. A car is an investment and it does, for some reason, improve someone’s appearance to others, but the real purpose of buying a car is to get you to your destination safely and comfortably. Safety should be our number one priority when buying a car and not its appearance.

In response to what Dante said; nowadays one doesn't need to sacrifice appearance for safety. Plenty of very attractive cars such as Mercedes and BMW are stylish while being exceptionally safe. It's important to do research and look into crash test results before buying a car. However, you can definitely have looks and safety.

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