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IIHS Announces 2016 Top Safety Picks

2016 Audi A3 - IIHS Top Safety Pick+

If you are shopping for a new auto or SUV and safety is a concern you should keep an eye out for vehicles that make the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s annual list of Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Picks.

IIHS Announces Top Safety Pick Winners for 2015

2015 Toyota Sienna - IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Minivan

Despite a record number of recalls in 2014, new cars are actually getting safer according to the IIHS. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raised the standards for vehicles to achieve Top Safety Pick+ and 11 more vehicles made the list this year than in 2014 testing.  Last year 39 vehicles were awarded Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ and this year the number jumped to 71. A total of 33 vehicles earned the top tier ranking and 38 earned Top Safety Pick ratings.

Chevy Spark Only Minicar to Pass IIHS Test

2014 Chevy Spark

Minicars may be affordable and get great gas mileage, making them attractive options for students, commuters, and people with limited incomes, but they fare poorly in IIHS safety tests. In the recent “small overlap front crash test”, out of eleven minicars tested, only the Chevrolet Spark received an acceptable rating in the test, earning it the designation of 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK.

Top Safety Pick Honors: Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester and 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport earn Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK honors for their performance in the small overlap front crash test.

New Crash Test Ups the Ante for Safety

IIHS Crash Test

The  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has established a new variety of frontal crash test for cars, and automakers will no doubt be scrambling to catch up. The new test is called the Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test, and it measures the effect of only 25% of the front of a vehicle hitting a barrier at 40 mph. Previous tests measured full frontal impact at 35 mph, and a 40% offset impact at 40 mph.