The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crowned two sedans and a hatchback as Top Safety Picks: the 2013 Chevrolet Malibe Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera and 2012 Toyota Prius c. The redesigned 2013 Malibu joins its 2012 model-mate as a Top Pick, and the 2013 earned a good side impact rating even without its optional side airbags.

The Prius c also has siblings that have won the award, the Prius and Prius v. The Azera had been rated in a few earlier tests, but in completing the testing regime with good marks all 'round it earned the accolade. The Top Pick moniker is given to vehicles that score "Good" in the IIHS's front, side, rollover and rear-impact tests.

Have a look below for video of the Malibu and Prius c going through their side-impact exams.






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      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm still most impressed with the 500/Taurus in it's side crash test. Since the "B" Pillar has a structural bar running under the car to the other "B" pillar, it creates a "ring", and even without side airbags, it passed the test extremely well. Just by one cross structural element, go figure how much better these tests would do if manufacturer;s went that extra mile.
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Subaru has been reinforcing the b-pillars of most of their models for years (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=946826). Those pillars are so strong that first responders to an accident involving a Subaru that needs the "jaws of life" have to use a different protocol to extract the occupants from the damaged Subaru.
          Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Leather Bear
          I'm not sure that would be a positive if first responders have to take longer to extract you though.
      Aaron C
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is no way that prius is safe! I watched two people die in a newer bigger prius, that was hit almost head on, at less than 40mph while the prius was at a standstill. The car that hit the prius was a new cts, wich I know is a big car compared to the prius but come on!! The dashboard crushed the passengers inside. Not sure how that's considerd safe!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron C
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          Aaron C
          • 2 Years Ago
          you do know I said almost head on, the impact was more on the passenger side, so more of a front corner impact. Not that it matters. The fact that I need to explain myself to the autoblog community is pretty lame, I'm telling you guys a personal experiance I had where I saw two people die in a so called safe car, to hopefully raise some awareness about how the prius may not as safe as they say it is. And for that I've been called a lair! really.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron C
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          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          I searched the website. Didn't find any accident fitting that description.
      Marques Bland
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously...why are the side airbags in the Malibu an option? I'd want to see the test video without the side airbags. There is no way that the driver would not have hit the other vehicle without the airbag.
        CanIGetAWhatWhat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marques Bland
        You're right, however it's not the side curtain airbags that are optional, it's the "rear seat-mounted torso airbags" (which are standard in the front) that are optional. As it stands today, most new cars even don't have rear seat-mounted torso airbags, and only a few have them available as an option. Which is odd because you'd think if they helped the passengers up front, they'd also help them in the rear...
          gnvlscdt23f
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CanIGetAWhatWhat
          Remember that the front passengers are next to the B-pillar, which is much more deform-able than the solid area at the trunk that the rear passengers are seated next to.
          gnvlscdt23f
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CanIGetAWhatWhat
          Oddly enough, supercharged, Avalon doesn't even offer them, even though they're standard on Azera. Though they're not even an option on Sonata.
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      well I know i'll not die in a POS prius, not because it's safe but because I wouldn't be caught dead in one!!!
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have never looked at IIHS results when buying a car. Do people really do that?
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        Yes, you really should. It could be a critical difference in a wreck.
      2012 ZR1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The best thing about my antiques are no safety features (seat belts, air bags, ABS, etc, etc) Only carelessness, idiots, distraction, etc cause accidents. All the modern safety features are totally unnecessary. Now they have automatic parking & driverless cars! All stupid BS; how about we get people who know how to drive?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's nice that the Malibu managed the side impact rating even without airbags but it's kinda odd that it still has optional side impact airbags when everyone else in the segment seems to have made them standard.
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        Apparently autoblog was just plain wrong since the side impact bags come standard, it's the rear TORSO bags (not side impact) that are optional.
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