Updated: May 27, 2011 8:54AM
More small cars than ever have earned the top safety rating from the insurance industry.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that six of the 13 small cars it most recently tested earned its “top safety pick” designation. They include the 2012 Ford Focus and Honda Civic and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Juke, Lexus CT 200h and Toyota Prius.
Along with others previously tested — including the electric Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt — a total of 22 have earned the institute’s top score.
That’s a big change from the 2006 model year, when just three small cars earned the top rating, even though it was less stringent than it is now.