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IIHS Releases TSP, TSP+ Winners Under Updated 2015 Criteria

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/29/2014 Kelly Pleskot

After making stricter rules for Top Safety Pick+ awardees last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is cracking down once again for 2015. But despite the even stricter requirements, the number of cars earning the prestigious TSP+ designation has actually increased by 11.


To earn the agency's most prestigious award, cars must now come optionally equipped with front crash prevention technology that earns an advanced or superior rating. This means that vehicles must prove they can stop or slow down without driver intervention before hitting a target at 12 mph, 25 mph, or both. Last year, cars only had to offer some type of front crash prevention technology to qualify. Of course, cars must also meet all the criteria for TSP for a chance at the extra "+" designation.

And luckily for automakers, criteria for earning the Top Safety Pick award hasn't changed. Like always, cars must earn a good rating in four standard tests as well as a good or acceptable rating in the difficult small overlap test.

While the new criteria has stolen the "+" designation from a number of models like the Honda Accord and Civic this year, it looks like today's cars are safer than ever. For 2015, a total of 71 vehicles have earned either a TSP or TSP+ award, up from 39 a year ago. The division remains almost split, with 33 taking TSP+ awards and 38 scoring TSP status. Take a look at which cars earned the awards for 2015 in the list below.

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IIHS Top Safety Pick +

Acura MDX
Acura TLX
Acura RLX
Audi A3
BMW 2 Series
Chrysler 200
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Genesis
Infiniti Q50
Infiniti Q70 (except V-8 4WD)
Lexus CT 200h (built after September 2014)
Lexus NX
Lexus RC
Mazda CX-5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mitsubishi Outlander
Subaru Forester
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Toyota Camry
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius v
Toyota Sienna
Volvo S60
Volvo S80
Volvo V60
Volvo XC60

IIHS Top Safety Pick

Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Volt
Dodge Dart
Ford Focus
Ford Fusion
Ford C-Max Hybrid
GMC Terrain
Honda Accord 2-door
Honda Accord 4-door
Honda Civic 2-door
Honda Civic 4-door
Honda Fit
Honda Odyssey
Hyundai Elantra sedan
Hyundai Sonata
Infiniti QX60
Kia Optima
Kia Sedona
Kia Soul
Lincoln MKZ
Mini Cooper Countryman
Mitsubishi Lancer (except Ralliart and Evolution)
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Nissan Altima
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Rogue
Scion FR-S
Scion tC
Subaru BRZ
Subaru WRX
Toyota Avalon
Toyota RAV4 (built after November 2014)
Volkswagen Golf 4-door
Volkswagen GTI 4-door
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Passat


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