ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A new test for rollover safety whittled the list of winners in an annual car safety survey from 94 to 19, a U.S. insurance group said.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said 2010 car models were given the standard front, side and rear crash tests plus a test to assess impact from rollovers, which kill 9,000 U.S. residents a year.
The cars listed as winners were also required to have electronic stability control, "which research shows significantly reduces crash risk," the institute said.
Among the notable test results, the world's largest automobile manufacturer by sales volume Toyota -- with 11 winners a year ago -- had no Top Safety Pick winners this year.
Subaru had a winner in each category it entered -- the only manufacturer to accomplish that feat.
Two new cars, the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul, both small cars, were selected as Top Safety Picks.
As the bar is raised on expectations, automakers rally to meet the requirements, institute President Adrian Lund said.
"In safety terms, we've come very far, very fast in just the past decade," he said in a statement.
"Cars and SUVs that win Top Safety Pick are designs that go far beyond minimum federal safety standards," he said.