IIHS Taps 64 Models as Top Safety Picks for 2018

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has honored 15 vehicles with their Top Safety Pick+ honor.

This year the criteria proved a bit more hard to meet.

To earn the awards, vehicles go through a number of crash tests to show they can protect occupants in front, side, rollover and rear impact collisions as well as testing automatic emergency breaking systems.

The Institute's headlight ratings also are relatively new, with the first ones being released in March 2016.

Another 47 vehicles earn the Top Safety Pick Award, which now requires acceptable or good headlights.

The group crashed brand new vehicles at speeds of 40 miles per hour in the pursuit of safety. It's similar to the existing small front overlap test, a rigorous evaluation that crashes a vehicle into a barrier at 40 miles per hour with just 25 percent of the driver-side front end striking the obstacle.

"Most drivers when they buy a auto they think the passenger is going to be protected as well as they are".

Advanced safety technologies helped six Subaru models take home top picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute's Top Safety Pick+ winners include small cars, midsize cars, large luxury cars and midsize SUVs. Check out the full list of models that qualify.

"We're pleased to have so many vehicles recognized by IIHS, especially with the completely redesigned 2018 Camry receiving its highest safety award", said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America.

"Automakers have really come to grips with the fact that safety is an important component of consumer choice, and they are working hard to meet the criteria", Lund said, USA Today reported.

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