To earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick Award, a vehicle has to get top scores for front and side impact as well as for rear-impact whiplash protection. It has also has to be available with electronic stability control, a high-tech system that helps drivers maintain control during abrupt maneuvers.
A total of 10 winners, including General Motors' Chevrolet Cruze Eco, also get an estimated 40 mpg or better in highway driving. Besides being safe and fuel efficient, the Cruze Eco is also a fun car to drive, especially when equipped with its very snappy 6-speed manual transmission. The Eco is a special version of the Cruze with a number of fuel saving features including aerodynamic body add-ons and super-efficient 5th and 6th gears.
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