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Affordable and Safe: 11 Vehicles that Earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

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Safety on a shoestring

From sports cars to seven-passenger people movers, what are the safest vehicles on the market? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides a comprehensive rating system that endeavors to give consumers some idea of how well the much-touted safety precautions would fare should the worst happen. When combing through their list of Top Safety Pick+ winners (some of the safest vehicles on the market), we compiled our own touching on some of the most popular segments, but we kept cost in mind.

To earn that coveted + distinction, a vehicle must not only earn top marks in crashworthiness (acceptable or good in the small-overlap front category and good in everything else) but must also earn a rating of superior or advanced in front crash prevention. Although it's nice that these vehicles can survive a variety of crashes, it's even better when they can avoid them in the first place. Front crash prevention tests a vehicle's ability to detect and stop in low- (12 mph) and high-speed (25 mph) tests.

Take a look here for the entire list of vehicles that earned a TSP+ rating.

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