Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety releases its list of Top Safety Picks — a coveted designation for automakers and a good indicator for crash-worthiness and overall safety for car buyers. The IIHS rates vehicles as being "good," "acceptable," "marginal" or "poor" across five test categories: moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover and rear impact. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick vehicles must have good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests, regardless of their small overlap rating. These 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles are ranked as Top Safety Picks.

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Fiat 500

Ford Fiesta (2013 - 2014 hatchback and sedan)

Honda Fit

Nissan Versa sedan

Toyota Prius c

Toyota Yaris hatchback (4-door models only)

Small cars

Acura ILX

Chevrolet Cruze (2013 - 2014 models)

Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet Volt

Dodge Dart (Top Safety Pick+)

Ford Focus (Top Safety Pick+, sedan and hatchback models only)

Honda Civic 2-door (Top Safety Pick+, 2- and 4-door models)

Honda CR-Z

Honda Insight

Hyundai Elantra (Top Safety Pick+, sedan models only)

Kia Forte (sedan models only)

Kia Soul

Lexus CT 200h

Mazda Mazda3

MINI Countryman

Mitsubishi Lancer (except Ralliart and Evolution models)

Nissan cube

Nissan JUKE

Nissan LEAF

Nissan Sentra (models built after June 2013)

Scion FR-S

Scion tC (2013 models)

Scion tC (Top Safety Pick+, 2014 models)

Scion xB

Scion xD

Subaru BRZ

Subaru Impreza (except WRX)

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Prius

Volkswagen Beetle (2013-14 models built after March 2013)

Volkswagen Golf (4-door models only)

Volkswagen GTI (4-door models only)

Midsize moderately priced cars

Audi A3

Buick Verano

Chevrolet Malibu

Chrysler 200 (Top Safety Pick+, 4-door models only)

Dodge Avenger (Top Safety Pick+)

Ford Fusion (Top Safety Pick+, models built after December 2012)

Honda Accord (Top Safety Pick+, 2-door and 4-door models)

Hyundai Sonata

Kia Optima (Top Safety Pick+)

Mazda Mazda6 (Top Safety Pick+, 2014 models)

Nissan Altima (Top Safety Pick+, 4-door models built after November 2012)

Subaru Legacy (Top Safety Pick+, 2013-14 models built after August 2012)

Subaru Outback (Top Safety Pick+, 2013-14 models built after August 2012)

Suzuki Kizashi (Top Safety Pick+)

Toyota Camry

Toyota Prius v

Volkswagen Jetta sedan

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Volkswagen Passat (Top Safety Pick+, models built after October 2012)

Volvo C30

Midsize luxury/near luxury cars

Acura TL (Top Safety Pick+)

Acura TSX

Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Audi A4 (sedan models only)

BMW 3-Series (sedan models only)

Lexus ES 350

Lincoln MKZ (Top Safety Pick+)

Mercedes C-Class

Volkswagen CC (except 4WD V6 model)

Volvo S60 (Top Safety Pick+)

Large family cars

Buick LaCrosse

Buick Regal

Chrysler 300

Dodge Charger

Ford Taurus

Hyundai Azera

Kia Cadenza (2014 models)

Toyota Avalon