Here are America’s safest cars. Never mind that most aren’t American

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the people who REALLY know how safe cars are (they pay when they aren’t,) announced America’s safest cars for 2014 today. 22 received the IIHS’s highest accolade, Top Safety Pick+. An additional 17 earned Top Safety Pick, IIHS’s second class for safety.

The safest crash is the one that doesn’t happen. Top Safety Pick+ demands a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. Second class leaders must meet the crash-worthiness criteria alone.

1st Class 2nd Class
2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick
    Honda Civic 4-door Small cars
    Mazda 3     Dodge Dart
    Toyota Prius     Ford Focus
Midsize moderately priced cars     Honda Civic 2-door
    Ford Fusion     Hyundai Elantra
    Honda Accord 2-door     Scion tC
    Honda Accord 4-door     Subaru Impreza
    Mazda 6     Subaru XV Crosstrek
    Subaru Legacy Midsize moderately priced cars
    Subaru Outback     Chrysler 200 4-door
Midsize luxury/near-luxury cars     Dodge Avenger
    Infiniti Q50     Kia Optima
    Lincoln MKZ     Nissan Altima
    Volvo S60     Toyota Camry
Large luxury cars     Volkswagen Passat
    Acura RL Midsize luxury/near-luxury car
    Volvo S80    Acura TL
Small SUVs Small SUV
    Mazda CX-5     Mitsubushi Outlander Sport
    Mitsubishi Outlander Midsize luxury SUV
    Subaru Forester     Volvo XC90
Midsize SUV
    Toyota Highlander
Midsize luxury SUVs
    Acura MDX
    Mercedes-Benz M-Class
    Volvo XC60
Minivan
    Honda Odyssey
Minicar
    Chevrolet Spark
Note: Except for the Volvo S60, S80 and XC60 and the hybrid version of
the Honda Civic 4-door, vehicles listed under Top Safety Pick+ qualify
for that award only when equipped with optional front crash prevention.
Front crash prevention isn’t available on nonhybrid versions of the
Civic.

As you can see, American cars are a minority on this list. 52 out of a total of 62 chosen cars are offered by foreign brands. Among the safest of the safe cars, the situation is even more pronounced: 20 out of 23 cars that made Top Safety Pick+ carry foreign badges.