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IIHS Top Safety Rating: Only 15 Cars Make Cut for 2018

IIHS Top Safety Rating: Only 15 Cars Make Cut for 2018”

"We're pleased to have so many vehicles recognized by IIHS, especially with the completely redesigned 2018 Camry receiving its highest safety award".

This year, 62 vehicle models earned the institute's top safety pick award.

Requirements for the awards became stricter this year, now demanding good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in front-end crashes. 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.

IIHS assesses a vehicle's crashworthiness with six tests: moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, (new) passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats.

The awarded vehicles went through a number of crash tests to show they can protect occupants in front-, side-, rollover and rear-impact collisions, as well as tests of their emergency braking systems. Mercedes Benz, Subaru, Toyota and Ford also had models listed as top safety picks.

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Headlights weren't factored in for the 2017 Top Safety Pick, and an acceptable headlight rating was enough to bump a 2017 award victor into the "plus" category. All models received a "Superior" rating in front crash prevention when equipped with EyeSight.

"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are", IIHS President Adrian Lund said, according to Consumer Reports. In order to meet the top ranking, and in some instances, simply being a "Top Pick", the vehicle must be upgraded.

Subaru, Hyundai and Toyota had the most vehicles selected for the rating.

The group crashed brand new vehicles at speeds of 40 miles per hour in the pursuit of safety.

Lund said Toyota leads the way in making crash avoidance technology standard equipment. The track tests, which measure how well low beams and high beams illuminate the road ahead on the one hand, and the amount of glare they produce for drivers of oncoming vehicles on the other.



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