Ford today announced its C-Max hybrid earned a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) for the second year in a row.

The Institute gave Ford’s car a “good” rating in moderate overlap front, side, head restraint and seating tests.

“Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” said Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office. “We are proud C-Max Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”

The C-Max despite having its EPA rated mpg clipped from a never-tested 47 combined to 43, and again from a purportedly incorrectly tested 43 to now 40 in two successive admittances by Ford is selling well.

The vehicle splits the difference size-wise between a Toyota Prius Liftback and Prius v while adding power with nice interior, and unique vibe as sort of an anti-Prius aiming to actually replace Toyota as sales chart leader.