Every year, a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards a Top Safety Pick+ fame to a safest vehicles it tests for crashworthiness.
With 2017 gone, a classification has expelled a 2018 IIHS Awards list that includes a safest cars tested final year and in prior years that are still on sale for 2018. Sadly, usually 15 vehicles assessed by IIHS competent for a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award. That’s since a classification strengthened mandate compared to a 2017 IIHS Awards to embody good-rated headlights and good or excusable passenger-side insurance in little overlie front crashes.
The inclusion of a passenger-side pile-up exam is a initial for any IIHS award, as a classification beheld that some manufacturers weren’t profitable sufficient courtesy to a newcomer side, instead focusing on removing good formula in a driver-side little overlie front test.
47 vehicles warranted a 2018 Top Safety Pick award, that now requires excusable or good headlights. For comparison’s sake, headlights weren’t factored in for 2017 Top Safety Pick, definition that an excusable headlight rating was adequate to rouse a 2017 endowment leader into “plus” territory. Not anymore though.
The 15 Top Safety Pick+ winners embody 4 little cars, 3 midsize cars, 5 vast oppulance cars, dual midsize non-luxury SUVs and one midsize oppulance SUV. Sadly, no pickups, minivans or city cars warranted a tip award.
Two manufacturers browbeat a Top Safety Pick+ list: Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Forte sedan, Kia Soul, Genesis G80, Genesis G90) and Subaru (Impreza, WRX, Legacy, Outback). The remaining 5 cars are a Toyota Camry, BMW 5 Series, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Now let’s see how any of these 15 cars fared during IIHS pile-up tests, systematic from a smallest to a largest.
Kia Forte sedan
The Kia Forte sedan scored a limit “Good” rating in all categories bar two. In a passenger-side little overlie front impact, it was deemed to offer “Acceptable” protection, with IIHS awarding it a same rating for a palliate of use of a child chair anchors (latch).
The Kia Soul‘s measure was matching with a Forte sedan, with limit ratings in all categories solely a passenger-side little overlie front impact (“Acceptable”) and palliate of use of a child chair anchors (“Acceptable”).
Subaru Impreza sedan and wagon
Both a Subaru Impreza sedan and wagon managed ideal scores, with “Good” ratings in all categories as good as a “Good+” measure for a palliate of use of a child chair anchors — since it offers additional fasten positions.
As with a mechanically-related Impreza, a Subaru WRX scored “Good” in all categories reduction a palliate of use of a child chair anchors that was usually deemed as “Acceptable.”
The Subaru Legacy midsize sedan achieved one of a tip scores in a 2018 IIHS Awards, with “Good” ratings overall, including a “Good+” for a additional fasten positions of a child chair anchors.
Unsurprisingly, the Outback offers matching insurance with a Legacy, as a automobile shares a same height and physique (up to a C-pillars) with a sedan.
Besides being America’s best-selling newcomer car, a Toyota Camry is also one of a safest, receiving limit scores in all categories, including a “Good+” rating for a additional fasten positions of a child chair anchors.
BMW 5 Series
Surprisingly for a oppulance car, a BMW 5 Series didn’t get a limit measure in each category. IIHS usually rated it as “Acceptable” when it comes to a palliate of use of a child chair anchors. Still, it stays a remarkably protected car.
The 5 Series aspirant from Hyundai’s pretender oppulance code did well, with a Genesis G80 achieving “Good” grades in each difficulty reduction a palliate of use of a child chair anchors, where it was usually rated as “Marginal.”
The bigger G90 did improved than a sibling, with an “Acceptable” symbol for a palliate of use of a child chair anchors. It achieved a limit measure in a rest of a categories, usually like a G80.
Lincoln’s flagship sedan managed an matching measure with a competitor, a Genesis G90. As with many cars that done it to a Top Safety Pick+ list, a palliate of use of a child chair anchors was usually deemed “Acceptable.”
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan
The E-Class sedan proves to be a little bit safer than a arch-rival, a BMW 5 Series, interjection to a improved measure for a palliate of use of a child chair anchors (“Good”). Everywhere else, a German indication achieved tip ratings. No videos and photos of a pile-up tests are accessible yet.
Hyundai Santa Fe Santa Fe Sport
The usually disproportion between a Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport is that a former offer 7 seats while a latter is a despotic five-seater. It was usually judicious afterwards that they warranted matching IIHS ratings. The midsize SUVs perceived a limit “Good” rating in all categories reduction a passenger-side little overlie front impact (“Acceptable”) and a palliate of use of a child chair anchors (“Acceptable”).
The midsize oppulance SUV valid to be a safest among a peers, though not perfect. In a Crash Avoidance Mitigation category, the GLC scored a 5 out of 6, while a palliate of use of a child chair anchors was rated as “Acceptable.” In all other categories, it got tip ratings.
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