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IIHS Announces Top Safety Picks for 2018


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced its Top Safety Picks for 2018. The fifteen cars and SUVs earned the highest honors from the agency despite stiffened requirements introduced this year.

About the IIHS Top Safety Picks Program

The IIHS is a non-profit organization funded by auto insurers. The organization was established in 1959 and works to evaluate vehicles’ crashworthiness (how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash) and crash avoidance and mitigation (the use of technology and features that can prevent or lessen the severity of a crash).

Despite advances in technology in recent years, the U.S. has actually seen increases in the number of crash-related deaths, noting a 5.6% increase in 2016 that resulted in a nine-year-high death toll of 37,461.

In light of the increase in traffic fatalities, the IIHS has adopted more stringent requirements for their top safety rating. In order to meet the designation of “Top Safety Pick Plus”, vehicles must have higher-rated headlights than previous years and must receive a solid performance on a new crash test.

This year, only 12 cars and three SUVs achieved the highest rank of “Top Safety Pick Plus” in the organizations first round of ratings with another 47 vehicles being designated “Top Safety Picks.”

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

  • Small Cars
    • Kia Forte (sedan only)
    • Kia Soul
    • Subaru Impreza
    • Subaru WRX
    • Midsize cars
    • Subaru Legacy
    • Subaru Outback
    • Toyota Camry
    • Large luxury cars
    • BMW 5 series
    • Genesis G80
    • Genesis G90
    • Lincoln Continental
    • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan only)
  • Midsize SUVs
    • Hyundai Fe Sport
    • Midsize Luxury SUVs
    • Mercedes-Benz GLC

IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • Small Cars
    • Chevrolet Volt
    • Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
    • Hyundai Elantra
    • Hyundai Elantra GT
    • Mazda 3
    • Subaru Crosstrek
    • Toyota Corolla
    • Toyota Prius
    • Toyota Prius Prime
    • Midsize cars
    • Honda Accord
    • Hyundai Sonata
    • Kia Optima
    • Nissan Altima
    • Nissan Maxima
    • Midsize luxury cars
    • Alfa Romeo Giulia
    • Audi A3
    • Audi A4
    • BMW 3 series (sedan only)
    • Lexus ES
    • Lexus IS
    • Volvo S60
    • Volvo V60
  • Large Cars
    • Kia Cadenza
    • Toyota Avalon
    • Small SUVs
    • Honda CR-V
    • Hyundai Tucson
    • Kia Sportage
    • Mazda CX-3
    • Mazda CX-5
    • Mitsubishi Outlander
    • Nissan Rogue
    • Subaru Forester
    • Toyota RAV4
  • Midsize SUVs
    • Honda Pilot
    • Kia Sorento
    • Mazda CX-9
    • Toyota Highlander
  • Midsize Luxury SUVs
    • Acura MDX
    • Acura RDX
    • Buick Envision
    • Lexus NX
    • Lexus RX
    • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
    • Volvo XC60
  • Minivans
    • Chrysler Pacifica
    • Honda Odyssey
  • Large Pickups
    • Honda Ridgeline

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