In its latest round of testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has cited five models, including two from General Motors, for keeping occupants safe in case of a crash.
In addition, IIHS now is rewarding new vehicles that have accident prevention systems. As a result, the 2016 Audi A6 (shown above in a crash test) gets the Top Safety Pick Plus rating for its technology that hits the brakes if it senses an imminent crash with the vehicle ahead.
Vehicles with top crash test ratings but without such automatic braking get a Top Safety Pick (without the plus) rating. That includes GM's small SUVs Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore as well as the Kia Sorento SUV and Nissan Sentra compact car.
IIHS President Adrian Lund said earlier in explaining the new ratings that favor automatic braking: "Systems that don't require a driver response to avoid or mitigate a crash have the most potential for reducing crashes."
Click here for a closer look at the vehicles that rated tops for crash protection.