STRICTER GUIDELINES MEAN LESS IIHS RECOGNITION
A limited number of 2018 cars and SUVs have earned the highest honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This year brought more stringent requirements from automakers, as the IIHS decided to require better headlights and a top performance on a new crash test in order to receive top marks. In order for a vehicle to receive the 2018 Top Safety Pick Plus designation, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.
The following vehicles were awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus designation for 2018:
LARGE LUXURY CARS
MIDSIZE LUXURY SUVS
While the list this year for Top Safety Pick Plus doesn’t seem that large, newer vehicles are safer than ever. Automakers are coming to terms with consumer demand for safer vehicles and are working hard to be recognized as leaders in safety. Despite this, more people are dying on American roads than ever before. Car crash deaths spiked in the U.S. for a second consecutive year in 2016, hitting a nine-year high of 37,461 people in 2016. That’s up nearly 5.6%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Other vehicles received the IIHS’ second-highest designation of Top Safety Pick. For a full list of current Top Pick Safety Winners and additional information, click hereMore Resources Request a Quote Locate an Agent