Subaru Takes Home IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Awards for Four 2018 Models

James Marshall
December 7, 2017

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.

Another 47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick designation, where Toyota had 10 vehicle models, with Hyundai recognized for nine models.

The requirements for the highest-tier were strengthened to include good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes, the IIHS said. Fifteen of those earning its highest award despite tougher criteria requiring better headlights and enhanced passenger side protection.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with its top safety picks for 2018 and the head of that agency says the results of its crash tests are good news for the driving public.

The 2018 list of the safest vehicles is out, and just 15 earned the highest rating, down from 69 previous year. The IIHS has also raised its standards for headlights. The latest awards are the first to factor in a passenger-side crash test. IIHS first began conducting driver-side small overlap crashes in 2012.

"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are", IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a statement. "We think it's important that manufacturers improve how lamps light up the road because the most serious crashes happen at night".

Two automakers make up much of the list. All but one of the seven vehicles in Subaru's lineup, the BRZ, qualified for one of the awards.

This year the IIHS is making the criteria more hard for automakers to earn a top score.

"The improvements in occupant protection have been awesome over the past decades", he said in a statement. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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