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The Safest Cars You Can Buy

Toyota cars crash during a collision test in a demonstration of its safety technology at its facility in Susono, near Mount F
Toyota cars crash during a collision test in a demonstration of its safety technology at its facility in Susono, near Mount Fuji, Thursday, July 21, 2011. Toyota Motor Corp., is developing a safety technology that takes control of the steering so the vehicle can veer away when it isn't able to stop before impact. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

After rigorous testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its list of 2014 model year vehicles that earned its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards.

The Institute tests each car's ability to sustain a front-end impact collision, side-impact collision, a rollover and a small overlap front-impact test designed to mimic an event where the driver of a car attempts to swerve out of the way of an oncoming collision, but reacts too late to avoid the impact entirely.

In all, the Institute deemed 39 cars some of the safest on the market, far fewer than were awarded last year. Each of these vehicles earned at least a "Good" rating in every test the Institute put it through. Vehicles were allowed to earn an "Acceptable" rating in the new small overlap front-impact test.

Cars that earned the Institute's Top Safety Pick award and are also available with systems that either warn drivers of a pending collision or use technology such as automatic braking to avoid a collision without driver input were given a Top Safety Pick+ award by the IIHS.

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IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ Winners
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