10 of the safest cars you can buy

  • In its summer round of testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has certified 10 more models as keeping occupants safe in a crash.

    To get a Top Safety Pick rating, a vehicle must get a score of at least Acceptable in crash tests that cover front and side impact and rollover accidents. In addition, if a well-rated vehicle also offers accident prevention systems such as automatic braking, it gets the maximum Top Safety Pick Plus rating.

    Two of these 10 cars -- the small-car Chevrolet Sonic and the small hybid Prius C -- came back for another try at the tests with a redesign after an initial Poor rating.

    Read on for a look at how these 10 vehicles, from pickups to SUVs to small cars, fared in the crash tests.

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    Jerry Edgerton, author of Car Shopping Made Easy, has been covering the car beat since Detroit companies dominated the U.S. market. The former car columnist for Money magazine and Washington correspondent for Business Week, Edgerton specializes in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.