Four dozen cars earned top marks for safety for 2016 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The vehicles had to meet tougher safety requirements and had to have a new crash prevention feature to qualify for the institute’s highest award.
When it comes to safety Toyota is on top. The Camry is one of nine models from the automaker that earned top safety pick plus the institute’s highest safety rating.
“Honda is right behind them with 8,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS President.
To earn the institute’s top two highest awards cars had to perform better on the “small overlap” test, which simulates what happens when the front corner of the car collides with another vehicle or tree. The institute is no longer just testing crashworthiness, but also crash prevention.
“To get Top Safety Pick, you have to have at least a forward collision warning system. And to get a Top Safety Pick +, you have to have an autonomous emergency breaking system,” said Lund.
The redesigned 2016 Nissan Maxima and Volkswagen pPassat performed well while the Toyota Avalon added auto brake to earn the top safety pick plus. The Scion IA is the only minicar to receive the 2016 award.
In all, 48 cars earned the top safety award. The Chrysler 200 is the only American car to get the honor.
“We were a little disappointed in the performance of our domestic automakers,” Lund said.
Ford’s F-150 Supercrew is among the 13 vehicles that earned the second highest safety level. The IIHS says consumers should ask for auto brake and forward collision warning features when shopping for a new vehicle.
For a complete list of the institute’s top safety picks, just visit http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.