IIHS Taps 64 Models as Top Safety Picks for 2018

08 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Becky Perry
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Hyundai, its partner Kia and its Genesis division are the big winners in the latest vehicle safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, accounting for six of the 15 models that earned the Top Safety Pick+ awards for 2018.

The safety advocacy group, which performs a variety of crash tests on vehicles, added two new tests in the past year: one for improved headlights, which was included in the 2017 "Top Pick Plus" ranking, but not in the "Top Pick" results, and the new passenger-side small overlap front crash. "Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we're confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side".

They've also bumped up standards for headlights.

"Fifteen vehicles meeting these new tougher criteria for top safety pick plus is a good news story for consumers", said Lund. All but one of the seven vehicles in Subaru's 2018 lineup earn one of the awards.

"We've been doing small overlap frontal crash tests on the driver's side since 2012 and we've seen a lot of improvement on that side, but we weren't seeing that kind of improvement for passengers, said IIHS president Adrian Lund".

And just a notch below was the Forester and Crosstrek earning the Top Safety Pick award when equipped with EyeSight and LED steering responsive headlights.

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The 2018 list of the safest vehicles is out, and just 15 earned the highest rating, down from 69 previous year.

Here is a link to all the top safety picks, which includes the reasons why they were chosen. For small sized vehicles the Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Subaru Impreza and Subaru WRX came out on top.

The IIHS is also raising it's standards for headlights. The TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolade was introduced in the 2013 model year to recognize vehicles that offer a superior level of safety.

Automakers have pledged to make autobrake standard on virtually all passenger vehicles by 2022, but for now the technology remains mostly optional, especially on nonluxury brands.

"The improvements in occupant protection have been incredible over the past decades", he said in a statement.


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