Heavily based on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Picks,” Forbes.com released its annual list of the safest model-year 2012 vehicles.

While IIIH’s testing is generally limited only to those vehicles having the highest sales volumes, Forbes.com focused its picks on “models that sell, at least in their base versions, for $50,000 or less.”

Audi A6. Safety features, such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure, collision warning/avoidance and night vision systems got this model on the list.

BMW 5 Series. Forbes.com was impressed with the midsize sedan’s top crash-test ratings it and its adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring, collision warning, lane-departure warning, night vision and a side/top-view video monitor.

Infiniti EX 35. This SUV has an assortment of high-tech safety features, including adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring, collision warning, lane departure warning/intervention and a side/top-view video monitor.

Infiniti M37/M56. Again, adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring/intervention, collision warning and lane departure warning/intervention earns this model a spot on Forbes.com’s list.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class. This model made the list with its adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring, collision warning/avoidance, rear side-impact airbags, lane-departure warning and night vision. Forbes.com was also impressed by the model’s Attention Assist, which monitors a driver’s actions and gives an alert if the system determines he or she is becoming drowsy or is otherwise impaired.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The midsize SUV offers similar safety technology as the E-Class, including blind spot monitoring/intervention, collision warning/avoidance, lane-departure warning/intervention and Mercedes-Benz’s Attention Assist.

Volvo S60. Safety features include adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring, City Safety and Pedestrian Detection low-speed collision avoidance, high-speed collision warning/avoidance and lane-departure warning, a Driver Alert Control system that detects and alerts tired and distracted drivers and front-mounted cameras to help a driver “see” around blind exits.

Volvo S80. This larger sedan’s features are similar to the Volvo S60’s—adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring, City Safety and Pedestrian Detection low-speed collision avoidance, high-speed collision warning/avoidance and lane-departure warning and a Driver Alert Control system that warns tired and distracted drivers.

Volvo XC60. Volo’s midsize crossover SUV offers adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring, City Safety and Pedestrian Detection low-speed collision avoidance, high-speed collision warning/avoidance and lane-departure warning and the Driver Alert Control system.

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