The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently revealed the winners of its 2011 Top Safety Pick awards, and automakers Hyundai/Kia and Volkswagen each had nine models that received the accolades.
General Motors, Ford/Lincoln and Toyota/Lexus/Scion each had eight vehicles receive an award, according to Consumer Reports. Subaru was honored as the most consistently safe automaker, with all five of its models winning the awards. A total of 66 vehicles were honored as a "top safety pick," making them among the best cars for bad credit.
The tests that go into determining which vehicles will be honored with the IIHS award include side, rear and front crash tests, as well as a new roof-crush test. Vehicles must also have electronic stability control available, according to the news source.
Drivers who are interested in the new safety features that are rapidly becoming standard in new models may want to use a car calculator to determine what price range they can afford, then fill out an auto loan application to get financing for the purchase.