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Numerous 2018 mannequin yr automobiles are protected, however 62 have been singled out as exceptionally adept at defending their occupants. And of these, 15 are speculated to be the very most secure.

The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security identifies itself as an unbiased, non-profit analysis group that, amongst different issues, charges automobiles for security primarily based on crash survivability and avoidance know-how.

It’s been testing such tech at a facility in Virginia since 1992. This yr, the group has referred to as out 62 2018 mannequin yr autos as safer than others primarily based on standards that’s defined on this video.

Vehicles are rated by their efficiency in “high-speed entrance and facet crash checks” together with passenger-side impacts and small overlap head-on crashes plus evaluations of roof energy, rollover resilience, seats and head restraints and the way effectively the headlights assist you to see.

You may dig into how effectively any specific automotive carried out in these gauntlets on IIHS’s web site, or you’ll be able to simply have a look at the record of high performers right here.

For the 2018 mannequin yr, 47 automobiles had been awarded IIHS’s “High Security Decide” which implies that they no less than exhibited superior efficiency within the group’s numerous crash batteries. Right here’s the record:

Small automobiles

Midsize automobiles

Midsize luxurious automobiles

Massive automobiles

Small SUVs

Midsize SUVs

Midsize luxurious SUVs

Minivans

Massive pickup

Solely 15 automobiles earned the IIHS’s “High Security Decide+” endorsement, which suggests they exhibited superior survivability in an array of wrecks and had no less than good headlights. If security is totally paramount in your subsequent new automotive buy, one in every of these is perhaps a great place to begin:

Small automobiles

Midsize automobiles

Massive luxurious automobiles

Midsize SUVs

Midsize luxurious SUV

I’m undecided in regards to the IIHS’s classification of the Honda Ridgeline as a “massive pickup truck” and I’m a little bit shocked to see safety-touting Volvo is absent from the highest record.

Anyway, no matter the place you’re driving or who your passengers are, security is essential. That makes these awards objectively a little bit extra precious than the gold stars the remainder of us are giving out for automobiles that simply look, sound and really feel cool.

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