Safest Cars For 2018 Announced - Hyundai And Subaru Lead The Pack - Forbes

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A new list of vehicles recognized for offering the highest levels of crash protection was released on Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry. Sixty-two 2018 model year cars earned top ratings in the most recent annual evaluations aimed to help consumers more easily identify the safest vehicles.

Fifteen vehicles qualified for the Top Safety Pick + award, the institute’s highest designation that recognizes models that offer an advanced level of safety; 47 models earned the basic Top Safety Pick award.

(photo courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

The 2018 Subaru Outback was one of 15 vehicles that garnered the top safety designation in a new round of crash tests.

Hyundai Motor Co. — which owns the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands — leads manufacturers with six cars in the top category. Subaru has four. Toyota Motor Corp. has the most vehicles — 10 — in the second category level. All but one of the seven vehicles in Subaru’s 2018 lineup earned one of the awards.

Both award categories require an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, as well as good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. In addition, to qualify for Top Safety Pick +, cars must be rated good for headlights and good or acceptable in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test. Headlights also factor into the second-tier award: a good or acceptable rating is required.

Across manufacturers, the vast majority of award winners qualify only when optionally equipped because front crash prevention and acceptable or good headlights aren’t part of their base trims.

The institute said it developed the passenger-side small overlap front crash test “after it became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention to the passenger side as they made improvements to achieve better performance in the driver-side” test.