It can be overwhelming to purchase a new car. The technology today has gotten so far that shoppers may feel confused with all the safety features available. We have emergency autobrake and crash avoidance systems in place, leaving the consumers with far more options than they ever had before.
Fortunately, we get to enjoy the assistance of some concerned fellows at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They release a yearly list of Top Safety Pick awards. The list assists consumers find out which brands are best for each type of car, whether you are actively looking for your next ride, or just browsing through. This year, they have released their list of the safest cars for 2019.
The scoring system
IIHS is a nonprofit organization that focuses on education and research, conducting tests to analyze which cars give the highest level of protection and safety to the people. IIHS experts have been doing this since 2006, testing situations that lead to the most common crashes: front, side, rear, and rollover.
Note that this award ceremony is not sponsored, and is not given to brands who participate in an event. The awards are handed down to those who deserve it, following a very strict criteria which is updated every year. Annually, new crash test protocols and technology become available, and the scoring system of the IIHS along with them. For instance, the organization added a top-tier “Plus Award” last 2013 to recognize the best of all.
Here, we see the criteria that the winners need to meet in order to win the awards:
Top Safety Pick Plus – 30 models won the top-tier award this year. The winners got the top rating for passenger-side safety during a small overlap front crash. They also received good-rated headlights (a testing criteria only added a year ago).
Top Safety Pick – 27 models won this second highest award. The winners received an “acceptable” or higher evaluation in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test, as well as for the night-time headlight test.
Both – A total of 57 winners received good ratings in the other 5 crashworthiness evaluations conducted by the IIHS. The winners also carry available auto-emergency brake systems that are either advanced or superior for preventing front crashes.
You can learn more about the crash tests, how they conduct them, and what the grading criteria are like by checking out the IIHS safety ratings page.
Top safety pick plus winners for 2019
Since the IIHS has updated the scoring criteria last year, only 15 brands earned this award last 2018. As a response, the car manufacturers also upped their game. This year, we now have 30 awardees for this tier.
Here are the winners, by category:
- Honda Insight
- Hyundai Elantra (built after September 2018)
- Kia Forte
- Kia Niro hybrid
- Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
- Subaru Crosstrek
- Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan
- Subaru Impreza wagon
- Subaru WRX
- Hyundai Sonata
- Kia Optima
- Subaru Legacy
- Subaru Outback
- Toyota Camry
Midsize Luxury Cars:
- Genesis G70
- Lexus ES
- Toyota Avalon (units manufactured post-September 2018)
Large Luxury Cars:
- BMW 5 series
- Genesis G80
- Genesis G90
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan
- Hyundai Kona
- Mazda CX-5
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Kia Sorento
- Subaru Ascent
Midsize Luxury SUVs:
- Acura RDX
- BMW X3
- Mercedes-Benz GLC
- Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
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