Despite the tougher criteria for 2016, 48 vehicles earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the highest possible award for safety in the U.S.
A further 13 models qualified for the second-best Top Safety Pick.
It comes as no surprise that Volvo has been awarded Top Safety Pick+ ratings for five of its vehicles, the most awards among any luxury car company. The Volvo XC90, S80, S60, V60 and XC60 all got the top safety rating.
Here are all of the cars that got a Top Safety Pick+ rating
Volkswagen Golf (four-door hatch and Sportwagen), VW GTI, Chrysler 200, Honda Accord (sedan and coupe), Mazda6, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius V, VW Jetta, VW Passat, Audi A3, BMW 2 Series, Lexus ES, Volvo XC90, S80, S60, V60 and XC60, Toyota Avalon, Acura RLX, Audi A6, Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Impreza, Subaru WRX, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q70, Lexus RC, Mercedes E-Class, Fiat 500X, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano, Acura MDX and RDX, Audi Q5, Lexus NX, Scion iA, Acura ILX, Lexus CT200h and Mazda3 (sedan and hatchback).
The cars that got the second-best Top Safety Pick rating are, the Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Soul, Nissan Sentra, Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Encore, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, GMD Terrain, Kia Sorento, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, and Ford F-150 SuperCrew.