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If you're in the market for a new car, one important thing to consider is how it fares during an accident.

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A look at the safest new cars on the market.

If you're in the market for a new car, one important thing to consider is how it fares during an accident. Thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), that task is quite easy. In order for a car or truck to get a Top Safety Pick designation, the vehicle must receive a grade of "Acceptable" for front, side and rollover accidents.

The IIHS recently unveiled the newest, safest vehicles available, and below is a brief look at some of the cars and trucks that made the cut.

  • Ford F-150. The newest version of the iconic Ford truck comes with an aluminum body, which still performed well compared to the steel body of previous versions. One catch? The IIHS says repair costs for the aluminum body will be 26 percent higher than for the steel body versions of the F-150.
  • Toyota Prius C. The smallest version of the hybrid Prius earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS because of its improvements to occupant protection, like a side air bag. The Prius C will also be kind to your monthly gas budget: It gets 53 MPG in the city and 46 MPG on the highway.
  • Chevy Sonic. Another small vehicle, the 2015 Sonic grabbed a Top Safety Pick honor via improvements to its body and air bags. Like the Prius C, it will also get you more bang for your buck at the pump, the Sonic gets 27 MPG in the city, 37 on the highway.
  • Nissan Murano. This midsize SUV received all "Good" ratings on its crash tests. The Murano's optional automatic braking system was also highlighted by the IIHS for outstanding performance. Sometimes those package upgrades offered by dealers are worth considering.

Article written by Chris O'Shea for SavveyMoney®