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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top 5 Safest Cars for 2012

Each year, the nonprofit organization the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performs extensive testing on the automobile industry’s new models to determine how safe each car is. To receive the IIHS’s coveted “Top Safety Pick” award, each vehicle must receive the highest marks possible in each category. In 2012, one-hundred ten automobiles were labeled as “Top Safety Picks.” Below, you will find the top 5 safest cars of 2012.

The Audi A6

This sleek, luxury car has it all–exquisite exterior styling, luxurious interior, great performance and handling, and most importantly plenty of high-tech safety features. In Audi A6, you will find collision avoidance systems, devices for blind spot monitoring, night vision systems, and much more.

BMW 5 Series

Next on the list is the world’s sportiest sedan. The BMW 5 series has a well-earned reputation for performance and safety. Not only did it earn top crash test ratings, the 5 series also features a host of adaptive safety features such a blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, anti-collision warning systems, and night vision.

Infiniti EX 35

The Infiniti EX 35 is the first SUV to make the IIHS’s Top Safety Picks list. The EX 35 is a sporty, sleek version of the crossover SUV that is packed full of useful gadgets. The safety conscious buyer will love the adaptive headlights, active blind spot monitoring, lane departure prevention system, and anti-collision warning system.

Infiniti M37 and M56

Infiniti manages to sneak another of their vehicles into the IIHS’s Top Safety Picks list with its classic sedan. The Infiniti M37 and M56 both offer an excellent driving experience and combine performance, luxury, and safety into an attractive package. Notable safety features include blind spot monitoring, anti collision warning, and a lane departure intervention/warning system.

Mercedes Benz E-Class

A list of safest cars in the world would not be complete without a representative from Mercedes Benz. The Mercedes Benz E-Class has long been considered one of the safest cars on the road, and this year’s model is no exception. The 2012 E-Class includes a host of advanced safety features such as collision warning/avoidance systems, lane departure systems, night vision, blind spot monitoring, and night vision.

The decision to choose one of the IIHS Top Safety Picks as your next vehicle purchase is a step in the right direction, but you should never forget that the most important piece of equipment for avoiding a car accident and potential life threatening injury is the person sitting behind the wheel. No matter how safe your vehicle, always remember to be an attentive and considerate driver when behind the wheel of a car.

The 5 vehicles mentioned in this list are luxury vehicles and may be out of the normal family’s price range. To discover more affordable—but still safe—options, please take the time to review our Top 4 Affordable and Safe Vehicles of 2012.

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