The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is the latest vehicle to capture the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award, joining its cousins the 2021 Corsair and Aviator, Lincoln announced last month.
The testing included 2021 models of many major industry carmakers, although not all vehicles are tested. For example, there is no current-year data for the Chevy Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator, and high-end specialty vehicles such as Porsche are not included.
The criteria for 2021 Top Safety Picks include ‘good’ ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. It also needs an advanced or superior rating for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating (or standard to qualify as Top Safety Pick+).
Several other industry favorites also made the list: Cadillac XT6; BMW 3 Series; Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, GLC, and GLE; the entire Volvo lineup including S60, S90, and XC90; Genesis G70, G80, G90, and GV80; and Tesla Model 3.
You can see the full list of IIHS Safety Picks for 2021 here.