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IIHS raises the bar: 71 vehicles earn top safety awards

IIHS is ramping up its demands for automakers safety requirements

In 2024, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is ramping up its demands on automakers, pushing for advanced pedestrian crash avoidance systems and enhanced backseat passenger safety.

These improvements are crucial for vehicles to achieve the prestigious Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards. Despite these heightened standards, an impressive lineup of 71 vehicles qualify for the 2024 awards, with 49 securing the Top Safety Pick and 22 earning the coveted Top Safety Pick+.

Top Safety Picks:

The automotive landscape offers a broad spectrum of options, starting with small cars like the Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Prius Prime, known for their compactness and efficiency. The Subaru Outback and Toyota Camry lead the midsize segment with their celebrated comfort and reliability, while the Toyota Crown stands out in the large car category for its sophistication.

Luxury vehicles ascend in elegance and technology, with midsize luxury contenders like the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and large luxury models like the Genesis G80 and G90 representing the peak of performance and design.

The SUV sector is rich in diversity, with small SUVs like the BMW X1 and Honda CR-V offering versatility and the midsize segment providing additional space and power through models such as the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Palisade. The large SUVs category, featuring the Audi Q7 and Rivian R1S, caters to those seeking spaciousness and luxury for family adventures or demanding journeys.

Luxury SUVs blend premium features with performance, including the Acura RDX and the Genesis Electrified GV70, satisfying those with a penchant for luxury. Meanwhile, the minivan segment focuses on practicality, with models like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna perfect for family life. For those needing utility, the Hyundai Santa Cruz represents the small pickup segment, while large pickups like the Rivian R1T crew cab are built to endure tougher conditions.

Top Safety Picks+:

The diversity of models catering to various preferences and needs is evident across categories, from small cars like the Acura Integra and Toyota Prius to midsize options such as the Honda Accord and Hyundai Ioniq 6. The Genesis Electrified G80 leads the luxury segment, while SUV enthusiasts have choices ranging from the compact Genesis GV60 to midsized options like the Ford Explorer and Kia Telluride. Luxury seekers can opt for midsize SUVs such as the Acura MDX, BMW X3, and the technologically advanced Tesla Model Y.

This vast array of vehicles demonstrates the industry’s commitment to safety, efficiency, and luxury, ensuring a perfect match for every driver, from the daily commuter to the luxury connoisseur and the adventure seeker.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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