VIDEO: Top IIHS Auto Safety Picks for 2015

by Lithium Technologies ‎03-25-2015 11:02 AM - edited ‎04-16-2015 05:06 PM (1,304 Views)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranked 71 vehicles as top safety picks for 2015, thanks to new safety technologies.

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave honors to 71 vehicles for 2015, up 32 from last year, confirming that vehicle safety features are advancing rapidly. There are now many affordable options of new vehicles in IIHS’s top safety picks, such as the 2015 Mazda 3 and the 2015 Honda CR-V. Automakers for both budget-friendly and luxury vehicles are making changes to get better safety ratings by improving small-overlap crash protection and adding front-crash prevention systems.

 

Results for the IIHS top safety picks are based on five crash tests: front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, rollover and rear impact. The small overlap test is new as of 2012, and it has more rigorous standards for front-end collision safety. Many cars, including the Toyota Rav 4, have improved their ratings for the small overlap test from poor to good.

 

33 vehicles received IIHS’s highest rating, the Top Safety Pick+. For a car to be given the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the car must have an automatic breaking system that functions during their 12 MPH and 25 MPH track test. This feature will detect a potential collision, and if the driver does not apply the brakes, the car will automatically apply them.

 

To view the list of 2015 safety picks, visit IIHS.org. To learn more about the list of top safety picks for used vehicles, click here.

 

 

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