The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its list of Top Safety Pick award-winners in December and the results are more lopsided than one might think. Founded by auto insurance companies in 1959, the IIHS has been conducting vehicle crashworthiness testing in its Virginia-based research center for over 25 years. It started testing for crash avoidance and mitigation with the increased availability of active safety technology in 2013.
The Top Safety Pick+ award is the IIHS’s most coveted; a glowing recommendation and research-based evidence of an extremely safe car. In order to receive top honors, a vehicle must receive the highest possible rating in each of six crashworthiness tests, a score of advanced or superior for front crash prevention, and a good headlight rating. If that sounds easy for an auto manufacturer to achieve, we can assure you it is not.
Only 30 cars claimed the highest accolade from the IIHS this year while 27 earned the second-tier Top Safety Pick award. Of the models that earned Top Safety Pick+, seven of them come courtesy of Subaru, more than any other automaker. Subaru’s Ascent, Crosstrek, Impreza sedan and wagon, Legacy, Outback, and WRX performed exceptionally in IIHS testing. The brand’s newly redesigned Forester garnered the next level, Top Safety Pick award, and met all the criteria for the Top Safety Pick plus award in the crashworthiness categories and was just a headlight test away from earning the top award.
Hyundai and Kia earned four and five Top Safety Pick+ awards, respectively, and Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Lexus received three each. The list of winners will continue to grow throughout 2019 as new models release.
Subaru vehicles are available at Anchor Subaru in North Smithfield, RI
Kia vehicles are available at Premier Kia in Branford Connecticut.
Hyundai vehicles are available at Hyundai of Newport in Middletown RI.
For the complete up to date list from IIHS, click here.