The US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety introduced a far more stringent standard when awarding its coveted Top Safety list this year with a renewed focus on heightened roof strength test standards.
The only manufacturer with a model in each category for 2010 was Subaru, which took home an award for each model it offers, aside from the WRX STi.
“With the addition of our new roof strength evaluation, our crash test results now cover all four of the most common kinds of crashes,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund in a statement. “Consumers can use this list to zero in on the vehicles that are on the top rung for safety.”
The awards require top marks in front, side, rear and roll over crash evaluations, the latter of which is tested by pushing a metal plate against one side of the roof at a constant speed. A good rating means that the roof withstood four times the vehicle’s weight without crushing more than five inches (127mm).
The awards list is as follows: