The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstek, as seen here, was just one of the cars that were named a Top Safety Pick this past week. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)
The 2013 models of the Dodge Dart, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus ES, and Subaru XV Crosstek were named Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Picks this past week.
For a vehicle to become an IIHS Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must achieve a Good score in the front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The rollover test looks at a vehicle's roof strength, and to pass the crash test a car's roof has to endure a force up to four times the weight of the car.
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The IIHS ranks in terms of Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor.
The all-new Santa Fe was redesigned for this year and is now equipped with seven airbags and Hyundai's Active Driving and Safety Dynamics technologies that help drivers avoid accidents by giving them enhanced control over the vehicle in bad conditions.
"Safety continues to be a top priority at Hyundai, so we are thrilled to see our brand new Santa Fe on this important and prestigious list," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America on the Hyundai website.
The Lexus ES had both the gas-powered and ES hybrid models earn the Top Safety Pick, beating out the Lexus ES 350. The vehicles come with 10 airbags, electronic brake-force distribution, smart stop technology, amongst other important safety features.
The Crosstrek earned a "good" rating for each test it was put through and was the top ranked car of the vehicles that made the 2012 Top Safety Picks list.
"The XV Crosstrek brings Subaru all-wheel drive and crossover technology into the small CUV segment," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America on the Subaru website. "Our buyers know that Subaru means safety and adding XV Crosstrek to our 100% list of IIHS Top Safety Picks is proof of that."
The Dodge Dart comes with more than 60 total safety security features and 68 percent of the vehicles body is made of high-strength-steal. 11 previous Chrysler cars have been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick in the past.
"We had high expectations for the Dart and our engineers delivered," says Reid Bigland, Dodge-brand President and CEO and Head of U.S. Sales on the Dodge website. "Since its launch, the 2013 Dodge Dart has consistently outperformed in the area of fuel efficiency, technology, value for the money and now safety. It is truly a groundbreaking new car."