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IIHS Top Safety Rating: Only 15 Cars Make Cut for 2018

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The 2018 model of the BMW 5 Series is just one of 15 vehicle models that earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating. (Consumerreports.org)

By    |   Thursday, 07 December 2017 02:53 PM

Of the hundreds of car models on the road today, only 15 have earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018 due to tougher safety requirements when it comes to passenger side front collisions.

The coming year will be the first that required a good or acceptable rating for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap test, which measures how well front seat passengers are protected in frontal collisions, according to Consumer Reports, and many cars did not meet those new criteria to earn the top rating.

Toyota, Hyundai, and Subaru were among the brands that ranked highest in the ratings overall, although BMW and Mercedes-Benz also had several models on the list.

“Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are,” IIHS President Adrian Lund said, according to Consumer Reports. “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”

Twelve cars and three SUVs earned the top rating, with another 47 models earning “Top Safety Pick” designations. That list could grow, since IIHS has not yet reviewed all models and variations and plans to review more throughout 2018.

“Automakers have really come to grips with the fact that safety is an important component of consumer choice, and they are working hard to meet the criteria,” Lund said, USA Today reported. “They want to be known as leaders of safety.”

Despite safer vehicles, there was a 5.6 percent uptick in U.S. car crash deaths in 2016, the second consecutive year numbers were higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lund credits the increase to an improved economy that has more people on the roads and on distracted driving.

The models that earned the top ranking for 2018 so far are the BMW 5 Series, Kia Forte sedan, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, Lincoln Continental, Kia Soul, Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Subaru Impreza, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Subaru WRX, and Toyota Camry, according to Consumer Reports. 

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Of the hundreds of car models on the road today, only 15 have earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018 due to tougher safety requirements when it comes to passenger side front collisions.
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