Last year, the American Highway Safety Insurance Association (IIHS) announced major changes to its selection system for Top Safety Picks and Top Safety Plus cars,media reported. In short, carmakers need to do more to win both titles.
It was learned that this year’s first batch of cars to meet IIHS’s stricter standards is only 60.
Best Safety Plus in particular requires the car to have a “Good” rating in all crash tests, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for head-on collision prevention, and a standard “acceptable” or “acceptable” or “” Good “good” rating headlights. The last one is a huge challenge, as carmakers used to simply install higher-rated headlights on a variety of decorations, but this year it’s not that easy.
Winners of this year’s Best Safety Plus award include Mazda 3, Mazda 6, Mazda CX-5, CX-3; Toyota Camry; Subaru Outback, Forrester, Legacy, Honda Insight, Nissan Maxima. These are the only batch of non-luxury SUVs and sedans that meet the highest safety plus standards. Others are luxury car brands, including Audi, Genesis, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. The Cadillac XT6, Acura RDX and Hyundai Nexo fuel cell SUVs are also included, but they are much more expensive than regular cars.
Other winners include:
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Mercedes-Benz C-Class and GLE-Class
Tesla Model 3
Genesis G70 and G80
The highest safety vehicles meet lower standards – good ratings for all crash tests, higher or superior ratings for head-on collision prevention, but only with acceptable or good headlights. They don’t need to be standard devices, so in essence it’s the best safety standard for the old version.
Honda Civic Coupe, Civic Hatchback, CR-V and Accord
Hyundai Elantra, Elantra GT, Sonata, Kona, Tucson, Palisade, Santa Fe and Veloster
Kia Forte, Soul, Stinger, Sportage, Sorento, Telluride
Subaru Ascent, Crosstrek, Impreza, Impreza Stationwag, WRX
Toyota Corolla sedan, Corolla hatchback and RAV4
BMW 3 Series
Volvo S60 and XC40
Audi A7 and Q8
Ford Escape and Edge
Lexus UX and RX
It is worth noting that there is no pickup on both lists.