2019 IIHS Safest CarsWhen it comes to finding the right car for your needs, you may consider a wide variety of options that are important, but is safety on your list? Each year the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) releases the names of those vehicles that received top honors regarding their safety so if you are currently in the market for a new car, you should become familiar with the honoree list of 2019 IIHS safest cars.

And the Top Honors Go to:

The top ranking for the safest autos falls into the category of IIHS Top Safety Pick+, with 30 vehicles making that top honor and 27 vehicles falling into the IIHS Top Safety Pick. Last year, only 12 vehicles qualified for the top category. To receive the highest rating (Top Safety Pick+), those cars must finish strong in all of the vehicle testing. Automakers continue to make strong efforts to address and enhance the safety of their vehicles.

Stricter Standards Mean Safer Cars 

Each year the standards are elevated to meet the established criteria to include testing on headlights, passenger side crash tests, along with front end crash testing. In the past automakers had to receive an “acceptable” rating, whereas now, it must be “good.”

Headlight testing has become a real issue due to the confirmation that cloudy headlights pose a huge safety risk. IIHS has shown that many vehicles fail in this category due to outdated regulations, faulty design, or poor manufacturing so in order to receive the top award, vehicles must have “good” headlights to provide safe illumination.

Right now, IIHS is increasing their focus on vehicles’ performance regarding pedestrian safety, which means it may be part of the criteria for 2020 Top Safety Pick. The criteria would include whether each vehicle comes equipped with proper emergency braking systems upon pedestrian recognition.

Preliminary List of Top Safety Pick+ Honorees for 2019 

Small Cars

  • Honda Insight
  • Hyundai Elantra (built after September 2018)
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Niro Hybrid
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Subaru Impreza 4-door Sedan and Wagon

Midsize Cars

  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Subaru Legacy/Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Camry
  • Genesis G70
  • Lexus ES

Large Cars

  • Toyota Avalon (built after September 2018)
  • BMW 5 series
  • Genesis G80/G90
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan

Small SUVs

  • Hyundai Kona
  • Mazda CX-5

Midsize SUVs

  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sorento
  • Subaru Ascent
  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X3
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

You Can Never Be Too Safe 

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