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Subaru models earn top IIHS safety awards

Subaru models earn top IIHS safety awards

This year, 62 vehicle models earned the institute's top safety pick award.

Crash tests have been part of the IIHS's playbook for years to make sure drivers are protected, but this year it made a decision to add tests to see how well passengers are protected. The 2018 Subaru Impreza, Legacy, Outback and WRX models earned the institute's highest Top Safety Pick+ award when those models are equipped with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology and LED steering responsive headlights.

The Kia Forte sedan was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.

This year, only 15 vehicles met the stricter criteria for the TPS+ award and another 47 earned the regular TPS (without the +) award. "Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we're confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side".

"We are trying to send a message to the auto makers that we do want them to improve the protection for their customers", said IIHS president Adrian Lund.

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The Institute's headlight ratings also are relatively new, with the first ones released in March 2016.

Hyundai, which owns Genesis and Kia, has six models on the list, while Subaru has four. Check out the full list of models that qualify. Seven models with standard autobrake - the Toyota Camry, Corolla, Prius, Prius Prime and Highlander and the Lexus IS and NX - also have standard acceptable or good headlights and qualify for TOP SAFETY PICKwithout any added options.

While automakers are claiming that kind of technology will be standard equipment in the near future, it won't be in all cases so if you are driving one of the "Top Pick Plus" vehicles, you may be simply driving its lower-priced, and lower rated, sibling instead.

Here is a link to all the top safety picks, which includes the reasons why they were chosen. In order to meet the top ranking, and in some instances, simply being a "Top Pick", the vehicle must be upgraded. Only 15 of them earned the highest honors.