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Subaru models earn top IIHS safety awards

08 December, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Fifteen model year 2018 cars and SUVs earned the highest safety honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Crash tests and safety standard evaluations found 62 models earned the Top Safety Pick award, and 15 of those models earned the highest award possible, despite tougher criteria for headlights and passenger safety.

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.

The Institute's headlight ratings also are relatively new, with the first ones being released in March 2016.

To become an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, all vehicles must offer industry-leading front, side, rear, and rollover crash protection.

The institute conducts crash tests and evaluates automobile safety standards. How well a vehicle scored in a passenger-side crash test was also factored in.

"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are", said IIHS President Adrian Lund.




Two automakers make up much of the list.

Advanced safety technologies helped six Subaru models take home top picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Headlights weren't factored in for the 2017 Top Safety Pick, and an acceptable headlight rating was enough to bump a 2017 award victor into the "plus" category.

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

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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