Welcome to the year 2011! As we make new resolutions on bettering our lives, some of us will be venturing into a new car dealership to refresh your transportation choice. While we attempt to change for the new year, 2011 vehicles have also resolved themselves to a new level of safety and security.
Whether calling it prudent public life-saving measures or some government-driven nanny-state, enhanced automobiles safety equipment was increased accident survivability and even the complete accident avoidance. For the 4th year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has strictly evaluated the latest automotive designs in a battery of tests. Facing off again frontal, bumper, side and rear collision crash tests, the IIHS also devotes attention to accident avoidance system in determining which popular vehicles are worthy of their most coveted Top Safety Pick honour. When purchasing a 2011 model year vehicle, new car buyers will find the most exceptional class of safe vehicles.
For the 2011 model year vehicles, 66 products represent the safest bunch ever evaluated all earning the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick award. Consisting of a selection of 40 cars, 25 crossover vehicles and a single minivan (the Toyota Sienna), 10 of the total vehicles were also brand new designs for 2011. Presented as the largest list of Top Safety Pick vehicles compiled by the IIHS, the proliferation of top-rated automobiles is attributed to greater engineering as well as the continuing use of electronic stability control. In 2007, the IIHS Top Safety Pick criteria added to requirement of electronic stability control to be equipped on a vehicle. Since then, the United States government has mandated electronic stability control system on all vehicles by 2012.
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg was a particular interesting inclusion as a Top Safety Pick. Rated as a large sport utility vehicle according the IIHS, it was not normal for such a vehicle to be evaluated. However, so optimistic on their Touareg’s construction, Volkswagen requested the the IIHS place the vehicle through the safety institutes’s paces.
Though the IIHS testing has resulted in some Top Safety Picks for a sizable selection of cars and Sport utility vehicles, a few automobiles categories continue to leave something to be desired. Following the 2010 test, only one minivan (the Toyota Sienna) earned a Top Safety Pick declaration. No small pickup trucks join the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2011. Full-sized pickup trucks are also not represented in the Top Safety Pick class since the IIHS does not routinely crash test those type of vehicles.
The following list below are the latest IIHS Top Safety Pick vehicles:
Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback
Honda Civic 4-door models
Kia Forte sedan
Mitsubishi Lancer sedan
Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback
Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Volkswagen GTI 4-door
Audi A4 sedan
Chrysler 200 4-door
Mercedes C class
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
BMW 5 series
Cadillac CTS sedan
Mercedes E class coupe
Mercedes E class sedan
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Information Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Photo Source: Volkswagen