Consumers looking for new cars to buy or lease that have earned top safety ratings have five more vehicles to consider, each of which has garnered a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco – An affordably-priced midsize hybrid family sedan, the redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco achieved “Good” ratings in the IIHS in front, side, rollover and rear impact evaluations, thus qualifying for Top Safety Pick status. The other versions of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, the base four-cylinder and turbocharged models, have not yet been evaluated. The IIHS also notes that the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu continues to be sold, and all its models are Top Safety Picks.
  • 2012 Hyundai AzeraThe redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera large family sedan was previously tested for front and side crashworthiness, says the IIHS. The new

    Azera qualifies for the Top Safety Pick status based on earning good ratings in rear impact testing to assess whiplash protection and a roof strength test to measure occupant protection during rollover crashes.

  • 2012 Toyota Prius c – An all-new model, a small hybrid in the Prius family, the 2012 Toyota Prius c earned the highest-possible marks in both frontal and side impact crash tests by the IIHS. The Prius c also earned good ratings in rear impact and rollover testing. Note that the 2012 Toyota Prius is also a Top Safety Pick.
  • 2012 BMW 3-Series – Redesigned for the 2012 model year, the 2012 BMW 3-Series midsize luxury performance sedan (four-door version only) earns the coveted

    Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS. This is due to its “Good” ratings in front, side, rollover and rear crashes as well as improved roof strength in the redesigned four-door sedan offering more occupant protection during rollover crashes.

  • 2013 Acura RDXAlso redesigned for the 2013 model year, the 2013 Acura RDX midsize luxury SUV earns the top award from the IIHS for providing good protection for occupants in front, side, rollover and rear crashes. Furthermore, says the IIHS, the Acura RDX earns the Top Safety Pick designation because of the vehicle’s improved roof strength (with the redesign) affording occupant protection during rollover crashes.

Looking for another vehicle? Check out the full listing of vehicles earning the Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS for 2012. Keep in mind that vehicles are added to the list following completion of IIHS testing, so new models appear from time to time.

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