The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named its winners of the 2017 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus awards.  For these awards, the IIHS tests two areas of vehicle safety, 1) crashworthiness, which is how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash, and 2) crash avoidance and mitigation, which is the incorporation of technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.

To qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, the vehicle model must earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints) and “advanced” or “superior” ratings in front crash preventions with automatic breaking technology.  This year, 44 vehicles earned the award.

To qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award, the vehicle must earn “good” ratings in the crashworthiness tests, “advanced” or “superior” ratings for front crash prevention, and – new this year – “good” or “acceptable” headlight ratings.  IIHS toughened its criteria related to headlights after the group said it discovered large variations in government standards concerning on-road driving and headlight illumination.  (According to the IIHS, 50% of traffic deaths occur at dawn, dusk, or at night, when headlights are critical to driving).  This year, 38 vehicle models earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award.

2017 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK PLUS

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt

Hyundai Elantra (sedan only; built after March 2016)

Mazda 3 (4-door sedan | 4-door hatchback)

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Prius (built after August 2016)

Midsize cars

Honda Accord (4-door)

Mazda 6

Nissan Altima

Nissan Maxima

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Outback

Toyota Camry

Toyota Prius v

Volkswagen Jetta

Midsize luxury cars

Audi A4

Lexus ES 350

Volvo S60

Volvo V60

Large luxury cars

Genesis G80

Genesis G90

Lexus RC

Small SUVs

Mazda CX-3

Mitsubishi Outlander

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester (built after October 2016)

Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot

Hyundai Santa Fe

built after March 2016

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX

Acura RDX

Audi Q5

Buick Envision

Lexus NX

Lexus RX

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Volvo XC60

Minivan

Chrysler Pacifica (built after August 2016)

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline

2017 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK

Minicars

Mini Cooper Hardtop (2-door)

Toyota Yaris iA

Small cars

Acura ILX

Honda Civic (2-door)

Honda Civic (4-door)

Lexus CT 200h

Nissan Sentra

Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru WRX

Volkswagen Golf (4-door)

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Volkswagen GTI (4-door)

Midsize cars

Chevrolet Malibu

Chrysler 200

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord (2-door)

Hyundai Sonata

Kia Optima

Volkswagen Passat

Midsize luxury cars

Audi A3

BMW 2 series

Lincoln MKZ

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (4-door)

Large car

Toyota Avalon

Large luxury cars

Acura RLX

Audi A6

Infiniti Q70 (except V8 4-wheel drive models)

Volvo S90

Small SUVs

BMW X1

Fiat 500X

Hyundai Tucson

Kia Sportage

Midsize SUVs

GMC Acadia

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Kia Sorento

Nissan Murano

Nissan Pathfinder

Midsize luxury SUVs

Cadillac XT5

Infiniti QX60

Lincoln MKX

Volvo XC90

Large SUV

Audi Q7

Minivan

Kia Sedona

For more information about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its ratings, visit http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.  If you know someone who has been injured in a collision, or if you need help with a personal injury claim, give Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group a call today at (404) 436-1529.

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