The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with its list of the safest vehicles and this year the IIHS is making the criteria more hard for automakers to earn a top grade. This institute conducts crash tests and evaluates automobile safety standards.
A total of eleven Toyota and Lexus vehicles are 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award winners, with the new 2018 Camry receiving its highest award, the TOP SAFETY PICK+. Hits to front on the driver's side are always analyzed, but this year the group added a new test - crashes to the front on the passenger side. By concentrating the force of a crash into a smaller area, on only one corner of the auto, this test can be especially revealing when it comes to showing how a vehicle's cabin structure absorbs a severe impact. "The difference between a headlamp that rates as good as far as how far down the road you can see and one that we rate as poor, it literally is night and day and we think it's important that manufacturers improve how lamps light up the road because the most serious crashes happen at night".
Automakers have pledged to make it a standard feature by 2022.
An additional 47 vehicles earned a Top Safety Pick rating.
"Cars are safer now than they ever have been", Lund said.
According to IIHS, the TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ requirements were strengthened for 2018 and the majority of winners qualify only when optionally equipped, with the exception being Toyota.