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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named four more vehicles to its coveted Top Safety Pick list, which has grown to include 131 models. This time around, the 2013 Dodge Dart, Lexus ES, Hyundai Santa Fe and Subaru XV Crosstrek achieved top marks for crash safety in all applicable criteria tests. The IIHS has yet to start any large-scale tests of its new small overlap front crash test, so none of these models were subjected to this new category.

Proving how safe small cars now are, the Dart is one of 31 compact cars to grab a spot as a Top Safety Pick, being joined by XV Crosstrek. This is definitely good news for Subaru as, aside from the old-bodied Impreza WRX, its lineup of new products is on this list of safe vehicles.

While the new Santa Fe was named as a Top Safety Pick, it was actually the smaller Santa Fe Sport that was crash tested by Hyundai rather than the three-row model that now wears this name. Finally, both the hybrid (ES 300h) and non-hybrid versions of the new Lexus ES made the cut even though it is listed solely as the ES 350.
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Four 2013 model year vehicles earn IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award

The Lexus ES, a midsize luxury car; the Hyundai Santa Fe, a midsize SUV; and the Subaru XV Crosstrek and Dodge Dart, both small cars, earn the Institute's top award for good performance in moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear impact evaluations.

The redesigned Lexus ES models, the ES 350 with a V6 gasoline powered engine and the ES 300h hybrid, outperform the outgoing ES 350 model that earned only a marginal rating in the rear test.

The Santa Fe was also redesigned for the 2013 model year and joins the previous generation model as a TOP SAFETY PICK award winner.

Subaru's XV Crosstrek is new for 2013 and a twin to the Subaru Impreza, also a TOP SAFETY PICK. The Crosstrek will only be offered in the wagon body style.

The Dodge Dart is a new model introduced for 2013.


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      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is very good news for DODGE DART...this very handsome car deserves all the accolades and I hope it will outsell all of its asian rivals. Glad to see another non asian success!!!
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of people have made fun of Dodge over the years, but I've owned several since 1965 and always had good experiences with them. They were always reliable, unlike some Chevys and Fords I've driven. I'm sticking with MOPAR from here on.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      gnvlscdt23f
      • 2 Years Ago
      One thing about Chrysler's improving scores: they will be able to test more of their own vehicles in the future, allowing them to have the Top Safety Pick label soon after the vehicle enters the market, same as was the case with the Hyundai, Lexus, and Subaru announced this time. Also means no pictures or videos of the actual test; all that shoppers will see is the ratings.
        scionxd48
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gnvlscdt23f
        Check the IIHS YouTube page, they've already got video of the Dart's frontal and side tests up already.
          gnvlscdt23f
          • 2 Years Ago
          @scionxd48
          See what I mean. Next time the Dart is redesigned, we won't be seeing that, because most people look and don't quite grasp the concept of what Danrar said above.
      njdave1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont care how safe it is, dodge has disgraced the dart name by stamping it on this hunk of junk. Its a shame that all of todays cars all look the same, cars had style in the 50s and 60s, the junk they build today wont be around 50 years from now, but 57 chevies will still be here.
        jokinok1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @njdave1
        I agree. How many of the cookie-cutter cars of today will become a classic? None of them.
        mhdjl
        • 2 Years Ago
        @njdave1
        My parents had a 1960 Dodge Dart. It was bigger than a full-sized car of today. My dad said that before his first servicing of it at the dealer, he was getting 30 mpg. After the 1,500 mile service, he never saw that number again. Shortly after my mom got her license in the mid-60's, someone hit the rear of the car. The woman who hit her was also a new driver. She didn't want the accident reported and said she will get her husband to get a replacement for the tail light. The woman told her husband she hit a Dart and that the tail light was about 6" in diameter. Her husband thought she was crazy because by that time, Darts were much smaller cars. On another note, there is an insurance commercial where a 60's Caddy tries to park between 2 newer vehicles. Both of the newer vehicles sustain much damage, while the Caddy's damage is barely noticeable. The older cars have more "character" than the newer, cookie cutter ones.
          Fakeguy Madeupname
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mhdjl
          Today's cars have crumple zones that absorb the impact from an accident. It's not that they're flimsy because they're inferior, they're designed to crumple and absorb the energy from an accident instead of transferring it to the passengers.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      giants142
      • 2 Years Ago
      the cars of today will be classics........ classic pieces of junk lol. the cars of the 60's and before were real cars. chrome bumpers, classic lines and beauty beyond description. no plastic junk there, just beautiful american steel. nuff said!!!!!!
      racerx005
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another boring design and heavy. Also looks like it is one step away from developing "small tire syndrome" like these compacts and hatchbacks. The bulk of the body is overpowering the size of the wheels.
      lva10443
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chrysler Corporation, You are a WINNER yet again! Go Dodge!!! Use the nameplates you OWN with Honor!!!
      williamsn3
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is nothing about this car that I remotely like. It has no characteristics of what a Dart should look like It looks just like the Dodge Neon. I had a 1972 Dodge Dart with a slant 6 engine and in excellent shape. Baby blue with a white vinyl top and still had the original byply tires on it. When I bought it 15 yrs ago it had the original 30,000 miles on it and had belonged to a little old lady who only drove it to the dr, church and to the store. Paid $800.00. Drove and drove that thing for yrs. All steel and was the safest car around. One of the easiest engines to ever work on and heck you couldn't even kill the car if you even tried. Now that's what I call reliability. Every componant had it's own specific place and you didn't have to pull a multitude of parts off just to get to what you needed to. I only have one regret and that is I sold that sucker. Sure do wish I had it back.
      Dale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 1971 dodge dart and it is awesome there is no way I would want to own this new dart it does the old dart no justice at all.
      majortom1981
      • 2 Years Ago
      One more reason why I want the xv crosstrek.
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