Four small cars, two midsize cars, two midsize SUVs, one large luxury car, one small pickup, and a midsize convertible are the latest winners of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's TOP SAFETY PICK award.

Winners by vehicle class

  • Small cars: 2009 Honda Civic with optional electronic stability control, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer with optional electronic stability control, 2008-09 Scion xB, and 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
  • Midsize Cars: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta and 2009 Volkswagen Passat
  • Large Luxury Car: 2009 Lincoln MKS
  • Midsize SUVs: 2009 Ford Flex and 2009 Honda Pilot
  • Small Pickup: 2009 Toyota Tacoma
  • Midsize Convertible: 2009 Volkswagen Eos

Winners afford superior overall crash protection among the vehicles in their classes. To qualify, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's front, side and rear tests. It also must be equipped with electronic stability control.