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Hyundai, Subaru Lead in New IIHS Safety Ratings

New passenger offset tests lowers number of top-ranked vehicles.

by on Dec.07, 2017

IIHS President Adrian Lund explains the testing processes implemented for the "Top Pick Plus" ranking.

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.

The safety advocacy group, which performs a variety of crash tests on vehicles, added two new tests in the past year: one for improved headlights, which was included in the 2017 “Top Pick Plus” ranking, but not in the “Top Pick” results, and the new passenger-side small overlap front crash.

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Overall, Hyundai posted six vehicles and Subaru four in the “Top Pick Plus” category. In addition to the 15 “Top Pick Plus” designees, there were 47 “Top Pick” vehicles. Toyota led the pack with 11 vehicles in the “Top Pick Plus” and “Top Pick” categories combined with Hyundai (9) and Subaru (7) taking the next two spots. (more…)

Small Cars Overcoming Safety Concerns

Many new models commanding highest ratings in crash tests.

by on May.27, 2011

A Ford Focus in the IIHS side impact crash test.

When Ellen Pierson’s daughter was ready to get her license, the suburban New York mother of three fretted about what to let the high school student drive.  “It had to be as safe as possible,” Pierson says, “so I began thinking something in a big SUV.”

Her daughter Lynn, on the other hand, wanted something hipper and, like many of today’s young drivers, something that was more environmentally friendly.  She was eying a Ford Fiesta.  Almost small enough to fit in the back of some of the big SUVs, mother Pierson was aghast – until she checked the crash tests and realized that the Fiesta was ranked right up there with some much bigger vehicles.

Told to chip in with some of the money she had earned over several summer vacations, Lynn got the car of her young dreams.

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Ellen Pierson isn’t the only one surprised by what she has discovered about today’s new crop of small cars.  Indeed, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that six of the 13 compact vehicles it recently tested earned the industry-funded groups “Top Safety Pick.”  None landed in the “poor” category in any of the four crash tests each vehicle is subjected to.  The latest to earn the top ranking were the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Juke, Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200h.

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