IIHS gets stricter for 2018.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -IIHS, has started taking tougher criteria for its safety awards. With an all new welcome of a passenger side crash test and new revised criteria which even considers the headlight ratings, only 15 vehicles were able to qualify to the agency’s award.
For earning the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award, cars must now earn a “Good” rating in headlight safety as well. Previously, the rule was that they could get away with an “Acceptable” score for the category. According to IIHS the vehicles now must also pass a new test that focusses passenger-side protection in small front facing crashes. This is just like the driver’s side small overlap test that IIHS has been conducting now for several years. It helps them know what happens when a vehicle’s front right corner crashes into an object or a vehicle at speed of 40 mph.
Only Four small cars, three midsize sedans, five large luxury cars, two midsize non-luxury SUVs, and one midsize luxury SUV were able to qualify for the awards. Many other type of vehicles like the minivans, pickups, and other mini cars are totally absent from the list this time. IIHS will start evaluating more vehicles upcoming year.
The Top Safety Pick+ Winners includes : BMW 5 Series, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Hyundai SantaFe, Hyundai SantaFe Sport, Kia Forte Sedan, Kia Soul, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes Benz E-Class sedan, Mercedes Benz GLC, Subaru Impreza, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Subaru WRX, and the Toyota Camry.
There are another 47 vehicles which earned the regular Top Safety Pick Award. To qualify for this honour, vehicles must now earn at least an “Acceptable” headlight rating. Here are the 2018 Top Safety Pick Winners so far:
Acura MDX, Acura RDX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A3, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Buick Envision, Chevrolet Volt, Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline, Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Elantra GT, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Cadenza, Kia Optima, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Lexus ES, Lexus IS, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, Mazda3, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes Benz GLE, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Forester, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota Prius Prime, Toyota RAV4, Volvo S60, Volvo V60, Volvo XC60.
Source : IIHS Website.
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