Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 2:51 pm
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced 15 vehicles which made its top safety category following recent testing.
According to an article appearing in USA Today, as a result of a decision by the IIHS to require better headlights and retest for offset frontal impact collision on the passenger side of vehicles, the number of vehicles earning the highest safety award by the IIHS has fallen in 2018.
However, outgoing IIHS President Adrian Lund said that new vehicles are safer than ever even though the stiffer testing standards introduced have caused a drop in the number of vehicles earning the IIHS Highest Safety Award of Top Safety Pick Plus designation. One of the major reasons for this change is that the IIHS is now testing the headlights on new vehicles to determine if they provide adequate visibility for drivers and do not adverse or impair the vision of oncoming traffic. Adrian Lund noted that with the introduction of the headlight testing, automakers are rapidly improving headlights and created a growing awareness that vehicles aren’t sufficiently luminating the roadway to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.
Toyota lead the industry with 10 vehicles making the Top Safety Pick Plus or the Top Safety Pick list.
Here are the vehicles which have earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Award thus far this year:
– Kia Forte (Sedan only)
– Kia Sole
– Subaru Impreza
– Subaru WRX
– Subaru Legacy
– Subaru Outback
– Toyota Camry
LARGE LUXURY VEHICLES
– BMW 5 Series
– Genesis G80
– Genesis G90
– Lincoln Continental
– Mercedes Benz E-class (Sedan only)
– Hyundai Santa Fe
– Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
MIDSIZED LUXURY SUVs
– Mercedes Benz GLC
More information can be found at an article entitled, “These are the 15 Safest Vehicles You Can Drive in 2018, IIHS Says” appearing at usatoday.com on December 7, 2017 by Nathan Bomey.