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.
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.