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3. 2013 Honda Civic
The old standby commuter compact car repeatedly wins safety awards, including a Top Safety Pick award from IIHS for the 2013 model year. The car did exceptionally well in roof strength tests, side impact and front offset, outperforming many other compact vehicles to win the top spot. Honda has blessed the Civic with a strong safety cage, capable crumple zones and airbags that protect both front and rear seat occupants. EX and Si models come with four wheel disc antilock brakes, while Hybrid models come with lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems.