The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its Top Safety Pick awards for 2020 vehicle models. This year, sixty-four cars and SUVs that are sold in the United States earned the prestigious award.
These ratings give the IIHS ammunition to help them push for additional safety equipment in vehicles that they deem to be not as safe as the market demands. IIHS is always pushing to make vehicles more safe, which is why this year they added a crash test designed to measure front-seat passenger protection.
In a press release, the IIHS wrote about the fact that this is the first year that a “good” rating for the passenger-side small overlap rating was required for a vehicle to be considered for both Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards.
It is also worth noting that this is the second year that pedestrian safety is being included as a criterion for these safety awards. IIHS President David Harkey released a statement about this change. “Rewarding technology that protects people outside the vehicle is new territory for the Top Safety Pick awards, but we believe vehicle manufacturers have an important role to play in protecting vulnerable road users,” said Harkey.
Of the 64 award winners, 23 got the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award, which is the highest safety award the institution offers. According to the Claims Journal, the vehicles who received that honor are:
“Honda Insight, Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Mazda 6, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Legacy, the Subaru Outback built after October of last year, and the Toyota Camry. Also included are the Lexus ES, the Tesla Model 3, the Mercedes C-Class with optional front crash prevention, Mazda’s CX-3 and CX-5 with optional crash prevention, the Subaru Forester, Audi A6, Genesis G70 built after December, the Genesis G80, the Acura RDX, the Cadillac XT6 built after October, the Hyundai Nexo, the Lexus NX and Mercedes GLE Class.”
All told, IIHS evaluated over 200 models from the 2020 model year. A full list of the winners can be found on the institute’s website.