The safest vehicles of 2018

Peter Castro
December 8, 2017

With new tougher standards in place for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's coveted "2018 Top Pick Plus" rating, just 15 vehicles earned the distinction compared with 38 for 2017.

"Most drivers when they buy a vehicle, they think their passenger is going to be protected as well as they are, and so our new test is to try to achieve that", Insurance Institute for Highway Safety President Adrian Lund said. The institute said it devised a passenger-side small overlap front crash test because some manufacturers weren't paying enough attention to the issue.

Also relatively new are the headlight ratings, which were first instituted in March 2016, and the initial results were poor.

Forty-seven others did earn the lesser Top Safety Pick award.

The new passenger-side small overlap test marks the first time IIHS has focused a crash test on the front passenger's safety.

Here is a link to all the top safety picks, which includes the reasons why they were chosen.

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"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.

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

"Most drivers when they buy a auto they think the passenger is going to be protected as well as they are". Check out the full list of models that qualify.

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

"We rate headlamps because when we look at how they light up the road many of them aren't doing a very good job", said Lund. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers.

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