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Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hyundai, Subaru lead the way in 2018 IIHS crash test ratings

Hyundai, Subaru lead the way in 2018 IIHS crash test ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with its results of the safest cars of 2018 and the news is encouraging.

Another 47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick designation, where Toyota had 10 vehicle models, with Hyundai recognized for nine models.

Fifteen vehicles qualified for the Top Safety Pick Plus Award from the institute after the requirements were strengthened to include good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.

Only 15 cars earned the IIHS's "Top Safety Pick+" endorsement, which means they exhibited superior survivability in an array of wrecks and had at least good headlights. In 2018, Top Safety Pick will require a headlight rating of Acceptable. But don't get too excited yet, because only one version of the WRX gets the nod, and it's likely not the one you hoped.

There are some other fun cars that received Top Safety Pick+ ratings too, notably the BMW 5-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, both of which offer performance variants.

Headlights weren't factored in for the 2017 Top Safety Pick, and an acceptable headlight rating was enough to bump a 2017 award victor into the "plus" category. IIHS first began conducting driver-side small overlap crashes in 2012.

The IIHS added passenger safety to its criteria after it determined manufacturers didn't place enough importance on the passenger side. The organization released its latest ratings Thursday.

"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are", IIHS President Adrian Lund said.

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