These are the 20 safest SUVs for 2019

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Mazda CX-5 Mazda

  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) published its picks for the safest cars from model year 2019 in December.
  • The organisation gave 20 SUVs its “top safety pick” designation.
  • Hyundai had four SUVs on the list, more than any other automaker.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released in December its picks for the safest cars from model year 2019. The organisation gave 20 SUVs its “top safety pick” designation. Of those vehicles, nine were included in the organisation’s highest tier, “top safety pick+.”

To earn “top safety pick+,” a vehicle must perform well in a variety of crash tests. The vehicle must receive a “good” rating in tests related to its front, side, roof, and head restraints, an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and a “good” rating for its headlights. (The requirements to earn “top safety pick” are similar, though the vehicle can receive an “acceptable” rating for a test involving its front passenger-side small overlap and an “acceptable” rating for its headlights.)

Hyundai had four SUVs on the list, more than any other automaker.Honda and Mazda each landed three SUVs on the list.

These are the 20 safest SUVs for model year 2019, according to the IIHS.


BMW X2 — Top Safety Pick

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Honda CR-V — Top Safety Pick

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Hyundai Kona — Top Safety Pick+

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Hyundai Tucson — Top Safety Pick

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Mazda CX-3

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Mazda CX-5 — Top Safety Pick+

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Mitsubishi Outlander — Top Safety Pick

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The plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander is pictured above. Mitsubishi

Subaru Forester — Top Safety Pick

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Honda Pilot — Top Safety Pick

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Hyundai Santa Fe — Top Safety Pick+

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Hyundai Santa Fe XL — Top Safety Pick

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Kia Sorento — Top Safety Pick+

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Mazda CX-9 — Top Safety Pick

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Nissan Pathfinder — Top Safety Pick

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Subaru Ascent — Top Safety Pick+

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Toyota Highlander — Top Safety Pick

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Acura RDX — Top Safety Pick+

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BMW X3 — Top Safety Pick+

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Mercedes-Benz GLC — Top Safety Pick+

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Mercedes-Benz GLE — Top Safety Pick+

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