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2019 Ram 1500 performs well in crash tests but misses IIHS Top Safety Pick
2019 Ram 1500 performs well in crash tests but misses IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Ram 1500 performed well in the IIHS' crash tests, but it missed out on a Top Safety Pick award due to its headlights. The independent safety body said the new Ram 1500 is much improved over the previous model when it comes to crash integrity on Thursday. The pickup earned "Good" ratings in...Read More»

2018 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio's added safety tech earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2018 Kia Rio is an award-winning car for safety according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded crash testers gave the Rio its Top Safety Pick+ award last week, although those top marks apply only to certain 2018 Rio trim levels. Both the Rio sedan and hatchback models received...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC90
Pair of Volvos earn Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV and 2018 Volvo S90 sedan earned the IIHS' top marks, the insurance industry-funded group said last week. Both vehicles performed well in the IIHS' barrage of crash tests. Neither model was tested in the demanding small-overlap front crash test on the passenger's...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe earns top marks in latest crash tests

The insurance industry-funded IIHS said Friday that the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV earned its Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional LED headlights. The headlights are standard on the Santa Fe Limited and Ultimate trim levels. Other Santa Fe trims—SE and...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks smashed into walls, earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award

The IIHS said Monday that the 2018 Nissan Kicks crossover SUV performed well enough in its barrage of crash tests to earn the Top Safety Pick award. Subpar headlights held the 2018 Kicks, a new model this year, from the Top Safety Pick+ award. ALSO SEE: Read our full review of the 2019 Nissan Kicks...Read More»

2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot, 2019 Honda Insight earn Top Safety Pick+ awards

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Honda Insight all but aced their crash test evaluations, the IIHS said Wednesday. The ratings are the first assigned to the 2019 Insight and the Pilot's rating marks an improvement over last year's version of the crossover SUV. There's no such thing as a better report...Read More»

2018 Toyota Sienna in IIHS crash test
IIHS finds mixed results in latest minivan crash tests

Not all minivans provide the best crash protection for their occupants, the IIHS said Thursday. In its testing, the insurance industry-funded group praised the 2018 Honda Odyssey while noting structural deficiencies in the 2019 Toyota Sienna and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. The IIHS subjected the three...Read More»

2019 Acura RDX Advance
2019 Acura RDX aces IIHS crash tests

The IIHS said last week that paying more for fancier headlights doesn't necessarily mean better nighttime visibility. The headlights fitted to the range-topping 2019 Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV earned an "Acceptable" rating, while the standard LED units in the base trim level scored "Good." The...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR aces IIHS crash tests, faulted for weak headlights

The 2018 Toyota C-HR can't see very well in the dark, the IIHS said last week. Toyota's subcompact crossover SUV earned top marks in all of the insurance industry-funded group's instrumented crash tests, but its weak headlights prevented it from earning a Top Safety Pick award. The IIHS said in a...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Accent
2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test

The redesigned 2018 Hyundai Accent and 2018 Kia Rio subcompact cars scored a key win in the IIHS' challenging small-overlap frontal crash test, garnering a "Good" rating for the driver side and an “Acceptable” rating for the passenger side, the insurance industry-funded organization...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona first drive
2018 Hyundai Kona earns top marks for crash safety, headlights rate "Poor"

Add the 2018 Hyundai Kona to the growing list of SUVs and trucks looking for better light. According to the IIHS ratings released Monday, Hyundai’s new funky-looking, city-friendly crossover scored well in all of its crash tests, but received a knock for poor headlights, causing it to miss...Read More»

2019 Mini Cooper
Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award

All it took was a revised headlight design to earn the 2019 Mini Cooper two-door Top Safety Pick accolades from the IIHS after the 2018 model missed out on the award, the insurance industry-funded safety group said Monday. Not every 2019 Cooper earns the award. Buyers will need to pay extra for...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain Denali, 2017 Detroit auto show
Running update to 2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevy Equinox bolstered side-impact crash safety

General Motors made an uncommon running update to its popular 2018 GMC Terrain and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossovers to bolster side-impact crash safety last year. The update, which consumers won't be able to spot by looking at the crossovers' exteriors, was applied to 2018 GMC Terrains built after...Read More»

2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport
Less for more: 2018 Lexus RC earns Top Safety Pick+ award, unless ordered with pricey optional headlights

There's almost always a caveat when it comes to car safety, and the 2018 Lexus RC is no exception. RC models fitted with standard LED projector headlights earn a "Good" rating for how well those units point the way forward in the IIHS' testing. That's enough to merit Lexus' coupe a coveted Top...Read More»

2018 BMW X3 in IIHS crash-testing
2018 BMW X3 aces crash tests, with caveats

The 2018 BMW X3 holds up well in crash tests, the IIHS said Tuesday when it awarded certain versions of the compact crossover SUV its Top Safety Pick+ award. Not every 2018 X3 sitting on a dealer's lot qualifies for the IIHS' top award, but all feature a strong body structure that performed well in...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Elantra
2018 Hyundai Elantra earns Top Safety Pick+ award for crashworthiness

Select versions of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan earned the IIHS' highest accolade for their crash-test performance, the agency announced Friday. The IIHS says that its Top Safety Pick+ award applies to 2018 Elantra compact cars built after December 2017 fitted with optional automatic emergency...Read More»

2017 Nissan Titan IIHS crash test
Nissan Titan performs well in latest IIHS crash-testing

The latest Nissan Titan serves as a reminder that automakers are starting to get serious about pickup truck safety. Certain 2017 and 2018 Titan Crew Cab trucks earned "Good" overall marks from the IIHS in the latest round of safety testing, the agency said Tuesday. In its instrumented tests, the...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class IIHS crash test
Roundup: All the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

The insurance industry-funded IIHS says that these are the safest cars you can buy today—they're the ones that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. Last year, making the cut became even more difficult thanks to a new headlight effectiveness test performed in addition to a battery...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Following the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid walked away with a serious accolade and the vehicle safety body named it a Top Safety Pick+. The Ioniq Hybrid's IIHS scorecard shows "Good" ratings in all crash test scenarios, which include the...Read More»

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