By Mike Young
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a trusted source for auto safety rankings, has raised the bar yet again with its 2016 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + Rankings. Those rankings show that car manufacturers have stepped up in a big way.
To earn these coveted IIHS distinctions, vehicles must now earn at least a "Good" rating in the institute's battery of crash tests, and must have an available front crash prevention system. If the vehicle's front crash prevention system can stop it automatically before striking a target at either 12 or 25 mph, then it is eligible for the plus rating.
For 2016, 48 models took home the Top Safety Pick + accolade, followed by another 13 that received the Top Safety Pick ranking. Volvo was the most represented brand on the Top Safety Pick + list with five models in total. Toyota, Acura, Subaru and Honda weren't far behind, with each manufacturer having four eligible models.
The Big Three automakers from Detroit only had one Top Safety Pick + eligible model, the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan; however, six American vehicles in a variety of classes qualified as Top Safety Picks.
If you're in the market for a new vehicle, you'll no doubt want to take a look at IIHS' full list of Top Safety Pick + and Top Safety Pick
eligible vehicles before you take that first test drive.