Cars with AWD and a Top Safety Pick+: safe and secure

The Subaru Legacy is a car with AWD and a Top Safety Pick+.

If you’re a safe and a confident small or medium sedan, you are not without options. These sensible four-wheel drive (AWD) cars promise practicality and collision protection, with top marks proving it. In fact, the Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry and other vehicles have been awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ for commendable crashworthiness and overall safety. Here are some of the safest AWD cars with IIHS approval.

  • Mazda3
  • Kia K5
  • Nissan Altim
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Toyota Camry

Does Mazda3 have AWD?

The Mazda3 not only offers AWD, but also gives you the choice of a sporty sedan or practical hatchback. Better yet, both the sedan and hatchback received the IIHS’s highest rating, the Top Safety Pick+. Barring an “acceptable” error of judgment regarding headlamps in certain finishes, the Mazda3 took home a near-perfect health bill from the safety agency. Of course you have to be happy that the Mazda3 starts higher than most direct competitors; TrueCar says the 2.0 sedan starts at $22,215.