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The number of vehicles earning either of the two top safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) jumped to 71 for 2015, up from 39 in December 2013. What’s more, the number of winners in the top category—TOP SAFETY PICK+—has increased by 11 for 2015, despite a tougher standard for front crash prevention, according to IIHS.

Although the bar has been raised for TOP SAFETY PICK+ by IIHS, the criteria for TOP SAFETY PICK are unchanged from 2014. To earn that rateing, a vehicle needs a “good” or “acceptable” rating in the small overlap front test and a “good” rating in each of the Institute’s four other crashworthiness evaluations: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. The 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation is awarded to vehicles that meet those criteria and also have an available front crash prevention system that earns an “advanced” or “superior” rating.

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