The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced its winners for the 2018 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, 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 braking technology. This year, 46 vehicles earned this award.

To qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award, the vehicle model must earn “good” ratings in the crashworthiness tests, “advanced” or “superior” ratings for front crash prevention, and “good” or “acceptable” headlight ratings. In 2017, the IIHS added stricter guidelines regarding headlight ratings after it was discovered that there were large variations in government standards concerning on-road driving and headlight illumination. This year, 16 vehicles (down 30 models from last year) earned this award.

2018 IIHS Safety Pick Plus

Small Cars

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Subaru Impreza

2018 Subaru WRX

Midsize Cars

2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Subaru Legacy

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Toyota Camry

Large Luxury Cars

2018 BMW 5 series

2018 Genesis G80

2018 Genesis G90

2018 Lincoln Continental

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Midsize SUVs

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC


2018 IIHS Safety Pick

Small cars

2018 Chevrolet Volt

2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Toyota Prius

2018 Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize Cars

2018 Honda Accord

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Nissan Maxima

Midsize Luxury Cars

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2018 Audi A3

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3 series

2018 Lexus ES 350

2018 Lexus IS

2018 Volvo S60

2018 Volvo V60

Large Cars

2018 Kia Cadenza

2018 Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Hyundai Tucson

2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Mazda CX-3

2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

2018 Nissan Rogue

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Toyota RAV4

MidSize SUVs

2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Toyota Highlander

Midsize Luxury SUVs

2018 Acura MDX

2018 Acura RDX

2018 Buick Envision

2018 Lexus NX

2018 Lexus RX

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2018 Volvo XC60


2018 Chrysler Pacifica

2018 Honda Odyssey

2018 Honda Ridgeline

Large pickups

2018 Honda Ridgeline


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