Highway Safety Test Results Released

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released results from its annual crash test.

This year, many more vehicles are rated as top safety picks compared to last year.

Sixty-six vehicles earned the highest ranking in four crash tests conducted by the institute, compared to just 27 last year.

The institute conducts front, side, rollover and rear impact crash tests. Models that earn the highest designation must also have electronic stability control to help drivers avoid accidents.

"I think for consumers its good news, cause there's lots of vehicles to choose from. They're in every market class and every manufacturer offers at least one top safety pick."

The big winners this year are Hyundai/Kia and Volkswagen/Audi.

The combined brands have nine vehicles that earned the highest ratings.