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Honda Tops Annual List of Safest New Vehicles 

Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Honda, Mazda and Toyota received top marks from the Institute for Highway Safety's  2014 "Top Safety Pick" list. Honda led the pack with eight winners.

The list evaluates cars based on crash survivability and crash prevention. In order to earn the highest mark, the vehicles must offer a type of front-crash avoidance system, even as an option. Five tests determine performance, including roof strength and head restraints.

IIHS spokesperson Russ Rader said manufacturers are doing more to prevent crashes from occurring by adding prevention systems.

"What we're seeing is that automakers are working overtime to demonstrate their safety credentials," Rader said.

With top crash test scores, 22 vehicles earned the title of "Top Safety Pick 'Plus'." While Honda ranked best among small cars, the Ford Fusion scored well among moderately priced mid-size vehicles. The Toyota Highlander came in as safest among mid-sized SUVs.

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