The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has updated its Top Safety Pick+ requirements to include good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes - and as a result, just 15 vehicles qualify for top honors. The organization released its latest ratings Thursday. In the new test, a auto traveling at 40 miles per hour hits a metal barrier with only 25 percent of the vehicle's front width, on the front passenger's side.
Click through the gallery below to see which cars received top honors.
The IIHS added passenger safety to its criteria after it determined manufacturers didn't place enough importance on the passenger side. "Our new test is to try to achieve that", explained IIHS President Adrian Lund.
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Leading the way this year for the most top safety pick plus awards are Hyundai and Subaru. Hyundai took home six; Subaru took four.
The Kia Forte sedan was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. BMW, Ford and Toyota each got one.
This year, 62 vehicle models earned the institute's top safety pick award.
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