IIHS Announced the Safest Cars for 2019January 17, 2019
When it comes to buying a new car, everyone has different preferences in terms of style, size, color, and price. However, one thing that virtually all consumers look for in a car is that it is safe. Thanks to some of the recent advances in safety technology – including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning – today’s cars are safer than ever.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), certain models have superior safety ratings. That has landed them on the IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2019.
According to a Consumer Reports survey, 86 percent of consumers responded that it is important to them that the vehicle can keep them safe in the event of a car accident. Sixty-five percent of consumers placed a high importance on certain crash avoidance features, such as automatic emergency braking.
The IIHS president told Consumer Reports that consumers should be able to buy a vehicle that comes equipped with effective, dependable safety equipment that meets a range of budgets. Further, shoppers now have a wide variety of models to consider that provide exceptional safety technology.
How to Get a Top Safety Picks Plus Rating
In order to achieve such a high safety rating, vehicles must earn a Good rating in each of the following categories:
- Small overlap front crash test
- Moderate overlap front crash test
- Side crash test
- Roof strength test
- Head restraint crash test
- Headlight test
In addition, they must receive an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention.
Prior to this year, vehicles were only required to earn an Acceptable rating for the passenger-side small overlap front crash test; whereas they must now earn a Good rating. Each year, the criteria is more selective, in order to push car manufacturers to stay current with the latest safety advances.
Subaru Wins Top Ratings
Subaru had more models on the list than any other brand, including the Ascent, Crosstrek, Impreza sedan and wagon, Legacy, Outback, and WRX. Other brands that were prominently featured included Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz. The Chrysler Pacifica was the only domestic vehicle that made the list for 2019.
The categories on the list included everything from electric and hybrid vehicles to midsized SUVs, wagons, and ultra-luxury cars. Some of the models that made the list included the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid, the Hyundai Elantra, the Toyota Camry, the Subaru Outback, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Toyota Avalon, and the Kia Sorento.
A complete listing of 30 vehicles that made the 2019 list of safest cars, as well as ratings for cars not on the lists, can be found of the IIHS website.
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