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More Vehicles Pass Tougher Tests for 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Honors

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced the first class of winners from its 2017 Top Safety Pick program, and despite stricter requirements, there’s been a notable increase in the number of awards given. Last year began with 61 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ winners, while there were 82 in the first round of testing for 2017. (The IIHS also tests new vehicles as they’re introduced during the year.)

For 2017, the Top Safety Pick requires vehicles to earn the top scores of Good in crashworthiness tests for small-overlap front impacts, moderate-overlap front impacts, side impacts, roof strength, and head and seat restraints. Top Safety Pick winners must also offer front crash-prevention technology that receives an Advanced or Superior rating from the IIHS. The IIHS has named 44 vehicles as Top Safety Picks to start off the year.

Top Safety Pick+ winners have to match those criteria and then also earn an Acceptable or Good grade in the new IIHS headlight test. In this evaluation, IIHS engineers measure a vehicle’s high beams and low beams for both glare and illumination, and on both straightaways and curves. Another 38 vehicles had headlight grades high enough to win a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award, although only seven did so with the highest Good rating in that test.

Many vehicles only receive the qualifying scores for headlights (and front crash-prevention technology) in certain trims and with certain options. This creates an odd situation for models like the Hyundai Tucson and Infiniti Q70. As the IIHS points out, these vehicles have some individual models that pass the headlight test and others that earn passing grades for front crash-prevention technology. Yet because of the automakers’ content packaging, no models offer both at the same time. Neither vehicle receives Top Safety Pick+ recognition as a result.

The list of 2017 Top Safety Pick winners so far includes the following, classified by IIHS segment, with Top Safety Pick+ vehicles shown with their “+” signs:

Minicars

2017 Mini Cooper (Hardtop two-door models only)
2017 Toyota Yaris iA

Small Cars

2017 Acura ILX
2017 Chevrolet Volt (+)
2017 Honda Civic (coupe and sedan)
2017 Hyundai Elantra (+) (vehicles built after March 2016 only)
2017 Lexus CT 200h
2017 Mazda3 (hatchback and sedan) (+)
2017 Nissan Sentra
2017 Subaru Crosstrek
2017 Subaru WRX
2017 Toyota Corolla (+)
2017 Toyota Prius (+) (vehicles built after August 2016 only)
2017 Volkswagen Golf (five-door hatchbacks only)
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2017 Volkswagen GTI (five-door hatchback only)

Midsize cars

2017 Chevrolet Malibu
2017 Chrysler 200
2017 Ford Fusion
2017 Honda Accord (coupe)
2017 Honda Accord (+) (sedan)
2017 Hyundai Sonata
2017 Kia Optima
2017 Mazda6 (+)
2017 Nissan Altima (+)
2017 Nissan Maxima (+)
2017 Subaru Legacy (+)
2017 Subaru Outback (+)
2017 Toyota Camry (+)
2017 Toyota Prius v (+)
2017 Volkswagen Jetta (+)
2017 Volkswagen Passat

Midsize Luxury Cars

2017 Audi A3
2017 Audi A4 (+)
2017 BMW 2 Series
2017 Lexus ES350 (+)
2017 Lincoln MKZ
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2017 Volvo S60 (+)
2017 Volvo V60 (+)

Large Cars

2017 Toyota Avalon

Large Luxury Cars

2017 Acura RLX
2017 Audi A6
2017 Genesis G80 (+)
2017 Genesis G90 (+)
2017 Infiniti Q70
2017 Lexus RC (+)
2017 Volvo S90

Small SUVs

2017 BMW X1
2017 Fiat 500X
2017 Hyundai Tucson
2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Mazda CX-3 (+)
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander (+)
2017 Nissan Rogue (+)
2017 Subaru Forester (+)
2017 Toyota RAV4 (+)

Midsize SUVs

2017 GMC Acadia
2017 Honda Pilot (+)
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe (+)
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Nissan Murano
2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Midsize Luxury SUVs

2017 Acura MDX (+)
2017 Acura RDX (+)
2017 Audi Q5 (+)
2017 Buick Envision (+)
2017 Cadillac XT5
2017 Infiniti QX60
2017 Lexus NX (+)
2017 Lexus RX (+)
2017 Lincoln MKX
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE (+)
2017 Volvo XC60 (+)
2017 Volvo XC90

Large SUVs

2017 Audi Q7

Minivans

2017 Chrysler Pacifica (+)
2017 Kia Sedona

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