Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

IIHS releases picks for safest cars of 2018

IIHS releases picks for safest cars of 2018

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its top vehicle safety picks for 2018.

For 2018, IIHS said 47 vehicles earned its lower Top Safety Pick designation, which now requires acceptable- or good-rated headlights; headlights weren't a factor for the 2017 Top Safety Pick award.

To become an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, all vehicles must offer industry-leading front, side, rear, and rollover crash protection. Hyundai, also the owner of the Kia and Genesis brands, produced six models earning the top award, while Subaru has four, the IIHS said in announcing its annual list. The 2018 Subaru Impreza, Legacy, Outback and WRX models earned the institute's highest Top Safety Pick+ award when those models are equipped with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology and LED steering responsive headlights.

This year, vehicles must receive a good or acceptable rating passenger-side protection in the small overlap front crash test to get the institute's highest ranking. The sole Subaru model that did not qualify was the BRZ.

IIHS assesses a vehicle's crashworthiness with six tests: moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, (new) passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats.

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

"The improvements in occupant protection have been incredible over the past decades", IIHS president Adrian Lund said in a statement. In short, base models rarely make the grade.

Lund says because the most serious crashes happen at night, "we think it's important that manufacturers improve how lamps light up the road".

IIHS is placing more emphasis on the impact of headlights on the safety rating of new vehicles.

They've also bumped up standards for headlights.

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