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Only nine SUVs earn the highest ranking

Most new car buyers are keenly interested in safety ratings, but many aren't sure exactly how to decipher all the scores and acronyms that automakers and safety organizations use to rate specific vehicles. We've broken down the ratings and come up with a list of crossovers and SUVs that earn the very best scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Why crossovers and SUVs? Put simply, these utility vehicles have taken over as the standard family car of choice for most American buyers.

So, what's a Top Safety Pick+ award? The IIHS, an independent, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1959 with a mission to prevent crashes and reduce injuries, continuously refines its protocols and rankings in order to separate poor performers from good. And the highest ranking the group bestows is the Top Safety Pick+.

These vehicles earn Good ratings in driver-side and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They also boast advanced crash prevention technologies and have a Good headlight rating.

Click on the image above to see which nine crossovers and SUVs (grouped by size) have received the highest safety rankings in America for 2019.

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Hyundai Kona

Small SUV: 2019 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona Information

Hyundai Kona
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Mazda CX-5

Small SUV: 2019 Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Information

Mazda CX-5
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Hyundai Santa Fe

Midsize SUV: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Information

Hyundai Santa Fe
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Kia Sorento

Midsize SUV: Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Information

Kia Sorento
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Subaru Ascent

Midsize SUV: 2019 Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent Information

Subaru Ascent
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Acura RDX

Midsize Luxury SUV: 2019 Acura RDX

Acura RDX Information

Acura RDX
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BMW X3

Midsize Luxury SUV: 2019 BMW X3

BMW X3 Information

BMW X3
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Mercedes-Benz GLC

Midsize Luxury SUV: 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC
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Mercedes-Benz GLE

Midsize Luxury SUV: 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE
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