IIHS Toughens Up Crash-Test Standards for 2018

IIHS Toughens Up Crash-Test Standards for 2018

IIHS Toughens Up Crash-Test Standards for 2018

Here is a link to all the top safety picks, which includes the reasons why they were chosen.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with its latest list of the safest vehicles.

Safety tests this year included a passenger-side crash test, a first for the IIHS award.

Only 15 vehicles qualified for what the institute calls its Top Safety Pick+.

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Hyundai finished a close second with nine models, including the Santa Fe, Kia Forte sedan and Kia Soul. Six out of seven in Subaru's 2018 lineup earned the award with the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX netting Top Safety Pick+ when outfitted with optional front-crash prevention and specific headlights.

"We're pleased to have so many vehicles recognized by IIHS, especially with the completely redesigned 2018 Camry receiving its highest safety award", said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America. The institute said it devised a passenger-side small overlap front crash test because some manufacturers weren't paying enough attention to the issue.

To qualify for the rating, vehicles needed to earn a headlight rating of "good", and a "good" or "acceptable" rating for the passenger-side small overlap front test.

"Most drivers when they buy a auto they think the passenger is going to be protected as well as they are". In short, base models rarely make the grade.

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The Institute's headlight ratings also are relatively new, with the first ones being released in March 2016.

While automakers are claiming that kind of technology will be standard equipment in the near future, it won't be in all cases so if you are driving one of the "Top Pick Plus" vehicles, you may be simply driving its lower-priced, and lower rated, sibling instead. Previously, only the driver's side faced that test.

Headlights also had to perform to standards in another new test in order to earn top ratings.

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