Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announces 2017 Top Safety Picks

(WTNH) — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released their list of 2017 Top Safety Picks, with 38 models winning the organization’s highest accolade, Top Safety Pick Plus.

According to the IIHS, the group toughened their criteria to receive the Top Safety Pick Plus distinction for 2017. The tougher criteria is based on new headlight evaluations launched earlier in 2016.

The program is designed to encourage manufacturers to offer the best possible protection for people in crashes, and to offer features that help drivers avoid crashes in the first place.

Adrian Lund, President of the IIHS, said that the Top Safety Pick Plus contenders field was smaller this year due to the tougher criteria.

The field of contenders is smaller this year because so few vehicles have headlights that do their job well, but it’s not as small as we expected when we decided to raise the bar for the awards. Manufacturers are focusing on improving this basic safety equipment, and we’re confident that the winners’ list will grow as the year progresses.”

Here are the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Picks Plus Recipients
(Source: IIHS.org)

Small Cars

  • Chevorlet Volt
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Mazda 3 (both the 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback)
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius (built after August 2016)

Midsize Cars

  • Honda Accord 4-door
  • Mazda 6
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Prius V
  • Volkswagen Jetta

Midsize Luxury Cars

  • Audi A4
  • Lexus ES 350
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo V60

Large Luxury Cars

  • Genesis G80
  • Genesis G90
  • Lexus RC

Small SUVs

  • Mazda CX-3
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Forester (built after October 2016)
  • Toyota RAV-4

Midsize SUVs

  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (built after March 2016)

Midsize Luxury SUVs

  • Acura MDX
  • Acura RDX
  • Audi Q5
  • Buick Envision
  • Lexus NX
  • Lexus RX
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  • Volvo XC60

Minivan

  • Chrysler Pacifica (built after August 2016)

Large Pickup

  • Honda Ridgeline

 

Here are the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Picks Recipients
(Source: IIHS.org)

Minicars

  • Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-door
  • Toytoa Yaris iA

Small Cars

  • Acura ILX
  • Honda Civic 2-door
  • Honda Civic 4-door
  • Lexus CT 200h
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Subaru WRX
  • Volkswagen Golf 4-door
  • Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  • Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 4-door

Midsize Cars

  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chrysler 200
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord 2-door
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Volkswagen Passat

Midsize Luxury Cars

  • Audi A3
  • BMW 2 Series
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Merecedes-Benz C-Class 4-door

Large Car

  • Toyota Avalon

Large Luxury Cars

  • Acura RLX
  • Audi A6
  • Infiniti Q70 (except V8 4-wheel drive models)
  • Volvo S90

Small SUVs

  • BMW X1
  • Fiat 500X
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Sportage

Midsize SUVs

  • GMC Acadia
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Kia Sorento
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder

Midsize Luxury SUVs

  • Cadillac XT5
  • Infiniti QX60
  • Lincoln MKX
  • Volvo XC90

Large SUV

  • Audi Q7

Minivan

  • Kia Sedona

More details of this year’s accolades are available on the IIHS website.