Only 15 Cars Earn 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

2018 Subaru Outback Crash Test IIHS

Only 15 Cars Earn 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says it's pleased with how well manufacturers are making the grade for the upcoming year.

Crash tests have always been a key element in how the IIHS safety rates vehicles. In the new test, a auto traveling at 40 miles per hour hits a metal barrier with only 25 percent of the vehicle's front width, on the front passenger's side. "Toyota and Lexus remain committed to providing safe and reliable vehicles and we're proud to have Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment on nearly every new model in our lineup", said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America.

Fifteen vehicles earned the group's highest award of Top Safety Pick Plus. By concentrating the force of a crash into a smaller area, on only one corner of the auto, this test can be especially revealing when it comes to showing how a vehicle's cabin structure absorbs a severe impact. Seven models with standard autobrake also have standard acceptable or good headlights and qualify for TSP without any added options.

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Automakers have pledged to make it a standard feature by 2022.

Lund believes with even more improvements in crash test performance and headlights, vehicles will be even safer down the road.

According to IIHS, the TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ requirements were strengthened for 2018 and the majority of winners qualify only when optionally equipped, with the exception being Toyota.

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