Top 15 Safest Cars of 2018 According to IIHS


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has made it tougher to earn a Top Safety Pick+ award for 2018.

Announced earlier this year, IIHS has added a new passenger-side small overlap crash test that is now part of the criteria for the Top Safety Pick+ award. For 2018, vehicles must also have good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes in order to be eligible for the top award from the safety agency.

In addition, those vehicles must also have good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, along with an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

SEE ALSO: IIHS Adds New Passenger-Side Crash Test

To start things off heading into 2018, here are the first 15 vehicles to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. Expect the list to grow in the coming months as IIHS continues to evaluate new vehicles.

BMW 5 Series

2018 bmw m550i xd

Genesis G80

2018 genesis g80

Genesis G90

2018 genesis g90

Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 hyundai santa fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2018 hyundai santa fe sport

Kia Forte (sedan only)

2018 kia forte sedan

Kia Soul

2018 kia soul

Lincoln Continental

2018 lincoln continental

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan only)

2018 mercedes-benz e-class

Mercedes-Benz GLC

2018 mercedes-benz glc

Subaru Impreza

2018 subaru impreza

Subaru Legacy

2018 subaru legacy

Subaru Outback

2018 subaru outback

Subaru WRX

2018 subaru wrx

Toyota Camry

2018 toyota camry