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2011 SUVs That Earned the Title of Top Safety Pick

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These IIHS winners help keep drivers and passengers safe on the road

Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts thorough evaluations of all new vehicle models. Cars, trucks and SUVs are rated either "good," "acceptable," "marginal" or "poor" based on high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, and seat and head restraint protection. After all the tests are performed, the IIHS names its Top Safety Pick winners. These vehicles must have a rating of "good" in all four tests and have available electronic stability control.

During the winter season, many car owners rely on SUVs to maneuver through snowy, slippery or wet driving conditions. These vehicles also offer more passenger seating than cars do, making them popular among families. Safety, therefore, is a top concern for SUV owners and shoppers.

Specifics of the IIHS safety tests from IIHS.org

The 2011 winners

Although several automakers have already introduced their 2012 models, a 2011 Top Safety Pick award is always a good sign when shopping for a vehicle that has not yet been evaluated by the IIHS. Here are a few of the 2011 Top Safety Pick winners from the SUV categories:

Small SUVs

Midsize SUVs

Midsize luxury SUVs

Large SUVs

Whether you're looking for a small, midsize, large or luxury SUV, there are plenty of Top Safety Picks on the market to keep you and your family safe on the road. For more information from the IIHS, visit www.iihs.org.

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