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The safest vehicles of 2018

The safest vehicles of 2018

Subaru had the most Safety Pick+ vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has honored 15 vehicles with their Top Safety Pick+ honor. With 15 of those earning its highest award despite tougher criteria requiring better headlights and enhanced passenger side protection.

Rather than design elements, Lund said headlights should be treated as safety features to help avoid a crash at night.

Leading the way this year for the most top safety pick plus awards are Hyundai and Subaru.

Twelve cars and three SUVs earned the top rating, with another 47 models earning "Top Safety Pick" designations. "And Subaru continues to be a standout with four of their vehicles winning Top Safety Pick+". Toyota claimed 10 models, including the Camry.

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. It was this test that caused the significant drop in the number of vehicles earning the top rating.

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"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are", said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

However, there is a problem with the rankings overall. In short, base models rarely make the grade.

New for 2018, the passenger side small overlap crash was added to the evaluations and a vehicle must also receive a "Good" or "Acceptable" rating.

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

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.

Of the hundreds of auto models on the road today, only 15 have earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018 due to tougher safety requirements when it comes to passenger side front collisions.


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