Four More Vehicles Named IIHS Top Safety Pick
Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash testing recently became tougher, its Top Safety Pick list has just grown by four vehicles: The Acura ILX compact sedan, Ford Escape compact crossover and performance coupe twins Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ get the group’s top safety honors.
Each vehicle received the highest score of Good 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 coupes and sedan are all-new vehicles for 2013; the Escape was redesigned for the new model year and its scores improved. In roof-strength tests, the previous-generation Escape received a the second-lowest Marginal rating; Escape Hybrid versions were rated Poor, the lowest rating.