There’s a lot to consider when buying a new vehicle: reliability, fuel efficiency, your budget, and auto insurance rates to name just a few. For many drivers, however, the safety rating is paramount in the car buying decision. In the face of a collision, some vehicles are simply safer than others, and every year, the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes the vehicles that perform best in a bad situation.
Top Safety Pick+ 2017 Edition
IIHS tests evaluate two facets of safety: crashworthiness, and crash avoidance and mitigation. When testing crashworthiness, IIHS examines how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. When testing avoidance and mitigation, they’re looking for vehicles that are (or can be) equipped with technology, like front crash prevention or lane departure warnings, that can prevent a collision or lessen the severity of a crash.
Following the tests, the best of the best are awarded IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ rating. These vehicles have earned good ratings in five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
The following 2017 model year vehicles have been recognized with a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS:
|Class of Vehicle||Top Safety Pick+ Award Winners|
|Small cars||Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Elantra (sedan)
Toyota Prius Prime
|Midsize cars||Honda Accord (sedan)
Toyota Prius v
|Midsize luxury cars||Audi A3
BMW 2 series (coupe)
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES 350
|Large cars||Kia Cadenza
|Large luxury cars||BMW 5 series
|Small SUVS||Honda CR-V
|Midsize SUVs||Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
|Midsize luxury SUVs||Acura MDX
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