IIHS 2019 Top Safety Picks Double From Last Year
The number of cars that made the IIHS Top Safety+ Picks has doubled since last year’s report bringing the 2019 total of honorees to 30. An impressive feat for carmakers considering that testing regulations are even higher than ever. What makes it harder to qualify for a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ is having a “good” rating for a passenger-side small overlap front and, also, a “good” headlight rating. To qualify for the Top Safety Pick, cars must have the above as well as an “acceptable” headlight rating.
Only one American car made the list – the Chrysler Pacifica. It nabbed the same Top Safety Pick as it did in 2018. Japanese and Korean cars dominated the list. Subaru also took home seven awards. A few of the Audi, Mercedes, and BMW made the list for German automakers.
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla didn’t give any cars to test. The only electric car to make the list was the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.
Here’s the initial list for 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+:
Hyundai Elantra (built after September 2018)
Kia Niro hybrid
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan
Subaru Impreza wagon
Toyota Avalon (built after September 2018)
BMW 5 series
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan
Hyundai Santa Fe
Here’s the list of the 2019 IIHS Top Safety Picks:
Kia Rio 4-door sedan Small cars
Hyundai Elantra GT
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid (built after July 2018)
Toyota Corolla 4-door hatchback
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan
Hyundai Santa Fe XL
Nissan Pathfinder (built after August 2018)