The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released its TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners for 2017, and Toyota leads the way with nine models included on the list. IIHS gives 38 models the “plus” award and 44 models earn TOP SAFETY PICK. In order to qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, vehicles must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating.
This year, IIHS toughened the criteria for new headlight evaluations, which the Toyota Prius v earned a good rating in. IIHS said, “The recognition program is meant to encourage manufacturers to offer state-of-the-art protection for people in crashes, along with features that help drivers avoid crashes in the first place.”
IIHS also emphasized auto brakes, which encouraged manufacturers to make design improvements. According to IIHS, “The 2017 Corolla qualifies for a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award with a good rating for occupant protection in a small overlap crash and a superior rating for front crash prevention.” Not only was the Corolla recognized for including a standard front crash prevention system with auto brake capabilities, but the Toyota Avalon, Prius, RAV4 and Yaris iA were also recognized.
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