What are the safest new cars on the road in 2023?

Cars made by Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura and Mazda top the list of safest vehicles on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The annual list of cars with top scores in crash tests and other safety ratings is growing, with more additions since the February 2023 release, according to Consumer Reports. However, the list is shorter than in previous years because the tests have become more stringent.

51 cars qualify for the highest rating, Top Safety Pick+, for 2023. An additional 25 cars qualify for Top Safety Pick this year. This is down from 101 vehicles last year and 90 in 2021.

The main reasons for the decline are the addition of a more stringent side crash test, a more comprehensive evaluation of automatic emergency braking and new headlight requirements, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a safety-focused organization funded by the auto insurer. industry.

“While different vehicles missed out for different reasons, the new headlight requirements are an issue for a fair number of models,” Insurance Institute spokesman Joe Young said, according to Consumer Reports.

Jennifer Stockberger, director of operations at Consumer Reports’ Automotive Testing Center, said more models are likely to receive top safety scores as the institute continues to raise the bar for the award. “Auto manufacturers are responding to more stringent tests by designing new vehicles that can pass those tests,” she said.

To receive the top rating in Top Safety Pick+, vehicles must earn an acceptable or good score in a new side crash test designed to replicate a higher-speed collision with a larger vehicle, such as an SUV or pickup. In addition, vehicles must have automatic emergency braking systems that can prevent a collision with a pedestrian at night and headlights that illuminate the road ahead on curves and straight roads, regardless of vehicle equipment levels.

Below is the list of vehicles that received the Top Safety Pick+ award:

Small car

Acura Integra.

Toyota Prius.

Toyota Prius Prime.

Medium sized cars

Honda Accord.

Hyundai IONIQ 6.

Subaru Outback.

Toyota Camry (manufactured after January 2023).

Mid-sized luxury cars

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (with optional forward collision prevention system).

Big luxury car

Genesis G90.

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V.

Honda HR-V.

Subaru Solterra (manufactured after October 2022).

Small luxury SUV

Acura RDX.


Genesis GV60.

Genesis GV70, GV70 electrified.

Lexus NX and NX Plug-in Hybrid.

Lexus RZ.

Lexus UX

Mid-sized SUV

Genesis GV80.

Honda Pilot.

Hyundai Palisade.

Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Kia Telluride.

Mazda CX-90, CX-90 PHEV.

Nissan Pathfinder.

Subaru Rise.

Toyota Highlander.

Volkswagen ID.4.

Mid-sized luxury SUV

Acura MDX.

Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback.

Infiniti QX60.

Lexus RX.

Tesla Model Y.

Volvo XC90 and XC90 recharging.

Large SUVs

Audi Q8, Q8 e-tron, and Q8 Sportback.

Rivian R1S.


Honda Odyssey.

Toyota Sienna.

Great pickups

Rivian R1T.

Toyota Tundra crew cab and extended cab.

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