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Honda Motor Co. has topped the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Thursday gave 39 vehicles top safety ratings for 2014. That is dramatically fewer than the 130 on the list last year because vehicles now must meet tougher standards.

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation.

Honda, which also owns the Acura brand, had the most winners of any automaker. Eight of its vehicles making the list.

The list is often used by safety-minded car shoppers and by automakers in advertising.

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2014 Top Safety Picks

Minicars

Chevrolet Spark

Small cars

Dodge Dart

Ford Focus

Honda Civic 2-door

Honda Civic 4-door

Hyundai Elantra

Mazda 3 (with front crash prevention)

Scion tC

Subaru Impreza

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Toyota Prius (with front crash prevention)

Midsize moderately priced cars

Chrysler 200 4-door

Dodge Avenger

Ford Fusion (with front crash prevention)

Honda Accord 2-door (with front crash prevention)

Honda Accord 4-door (with front crash prevention)

Kia Optima

Mazda 6 (with front crash prevention)

Nissan Altima

Subaru Legacy (with front crash prevention)

Subaru Outback (with front crash prevention)

Toyota Camry

Volkswagen Passat

Midsize luxury/near luxury

Acura TL

Infiniti Q50 (with front crash prevention)

Lincoln MKZ (with front crash prevention)

Volvo S60

Large Luxury cars

Acura RLX (with front crash prevention)

Volvo S80

Small SUVs

Mazda CX-5 (with front crash prevention)

Mitsubishi Outlander (with front crash prevention)

Mitsubishi Outlander sport

Subaru Forester

Midsize SUVs

Toyota Highlander (with front crash prevention)

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX (with front crash prevention)

Mercedes M class (with front crash prevention)

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC90

Minivans

Honda Odyssey

(with front crash prevention)