Tesla Model 3 finally earns brand’s IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

19 Sep
Tesla Model 3 crashThe Tesla Model 3 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award in crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Model 3 electric vehicle earned top “Good” ratings on all six crash tests, as well as a “Good” rating for its headlights from the nation's most rigorous crash-testing authority. It is the...

Ram 1500 pickup is the first Top Safety Pick+ truck from Detroit

10 Sep
2020 Ram 2500 The Ram 1500 is the first full-size pickup from a domestic automaker to earn a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, the insurance industry-funded agency announced Tuesday. The rating applies to both 2019 and 2020 Ram 1500 pickups, albeit in narrow configurations. The rating applies to specific pickups built after May 2019, in Laramie Longhorn or...

2019 Toyota RAV4 is a Top Safety Pick+, with a catch

1 Aug
2019 Toyota RAV4 HybridThe redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 earned the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating, the agency announced Thursday. However, that rating doesn't apply to all cars. Instead, that honor only applies to the RAV4 Hybrid. In the insurance industry-funded firm's crash tests, the compact crossover aced all six tests. They include the standard barrage of tests...

2020 Kia Telluride is a Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights

23 Jul
2020 Kia TellurideSafety-conscious car shoppers have another SUV to put on their list. The 2020 Kia Telluride is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but there's a catch. The SUV earned the award, but only when equipped with specific headlights. To qualify as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, vehicles must earn "Good" ratings in at least five of the six crashworthiness tests. The...

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid earns coveted Top Safety Pick+

19 Jul
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid did all the right things for the IIHS to name it a Top Safety Pick+ this week, its highest honor. Unlike the Top Safety Pick award, the Top Safety Pick+ requires a "Good" rating in each of the insurance industry-funded safety group's crash tests. The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid did just that with a "Good" rating in the...

2020 Kia Soul earns Top Safety Pick+ with optional equipment

27 Jun
2020 Kia SoulThe 2020 Kia Soul is a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with certain headlights and optional active safety technology. To earn the top accolade from the insurance industry-funded IIHS, a vehicle must score a "Good" rating in all six crashworthiness tests. The 2020 Soul's results marked an improvement over the 2019 model year when the hatchback...

2019 Hyundai Tucson headlights tweaked, earns Top Safety Pick+ award

25 Jun
2019 Hyundai TucsonHyundai changed the headlight design on its 2019 Tucson crossover SUV midway through the model year, earning high-trim versions of the small 'ute a Top Safety Pick+ award. The upgraded accolade applies only to versions of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson built after March 2019. In re-testing, the IIHS rated the upgraded LED projector headlights "Good,"...

2020 Toyota Corolla earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award with optional headlights

20 Jun
2020 Toyota Corolla LEThe 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan joins its hatchback counterpart as an IIHS-rated Top Safety Pick, but only with extra-cost headlights equipped. The insurance industry-funded safety group said the 2020 Corolla sedan earned its highest "Good" rating in each of the six crash tests, including the passenger-side small overlap front test. READ THIS: First...

2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, earns Top Safety Pick award

18 Jun
2019 Mazda MAZDA6The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan is a Top Safety Pick, according to the insurance industry-funded IIHS. Mazda's mid-size sedan earned the accolade when equipped with optional headlights, as is often the case for vehicles that win the award. However, the 6 fell short of the Top Safety Pick+ award because even its best headlights aren't up to par. The IIHS...

2019 Hyundai Veloster earns Top Safety Pick award

31 May
2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-SpecThe IIHS subjected the 2019 Hyundai Veloster to its barrage of crash tests for the second time and on Thursday the sporty hatchback a Top Safety Pick. The results come after an earlier test where the driver's door opened following impact with a barrier. The problem could lead to an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash, and it prompted...