IIHS Gives Nine 2015 Vehicles Its Highest Safety Ratings

Each year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranks vehicles’ safety features, rating them against increasingly tougher standards. The highest ranking on the list, a Top Safety Pick+, has 11 more vehicles than 2014’s list despite a tougher standard for front crash prevention- great news for consumers.

“This is the third year in a row that we are giving automakers a tougher challenge to meet,” says IIHS President Adrian Lund. “The quest for Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards is driving improvement in the small overlap front crash test and getting manufacturers to offer automatic braking technology on more and more vehicles.”

How does a vehicle earn the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ designation? A vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test
  • a good rating in each of the Institute’s four other crashworthiness evaluations — moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints
  • an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating

The vehicles with the top ratings on this year’s list- a “good” crashworthiness rating and “superior” front crash prevention rating are:

The other Top Safety Pick+ vehicles ranked highly receiving either a “good” or “acceptable” crashworthiness rating combined with lower front crash prevention ratings but still qualified as “superior” or “advanced.” Those vehicles include:

To view the complete list and see where your family’s vehicle ranks, visit iihs.org.

image courtesy of Subaru

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