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These 15 vehicles are IIHS' top safety picks for 2018

These 15 vehicles are IIHS' top safety picks for 2018”

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.

"That company had six Top Safety Pick+ winners there", Lund said.

Subaru had the most Safety Pick+ vehicles.

The Kia Forte sedan was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. And this year the IIHS is making the criteria more hard for automakers to earn a top grade.

An additional 47 vehicles earned a Top Safety Pick rating. The other five vehicles that made the list were Mercedes-Benz E-Class and GLC, Lincoln Continental, Toyota Camry and BMW 5-series.

Hyundai, with its Genesis and Kia sub-brands, lead the way. Subaru had four: Impreza, WRX, Legacy and Outback. This institute conducts crash tests and evaluates automobile safety standards.

"Doesn't mean that vehicles have gotten less safe, it really just reflects that we've raised the bar", IIHS President Adrian Lund told CBS.

"Cars are safer now than they ever have been", Lund believes with even more improvements in crash test performance and headlights, vehicles will be even safer down the road.

This year IIHS also required vehicles to have better headlights to be considered for the Top Safety Pick+ category. There was a time when only designers had a say in the positioning of the headlights. The highly-rated headlights, for example, do not come standard on base models and many vehicles lack crash avoidance technology.



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