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Each year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) develops a list of vehicles that are the safest for people inside and outside of the vehicles. Automakers covet the IIHS awards, which they often trumpet in their marketing, because many buyers give extra consideration to those vehicles rated highly by the IIHS. IIHS, for the first time in history, is requiring automakers to offer pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency braking systems to be considered for the group’s 2020 top safety picks honors.
IIHS Top Safety Pick + Winners include only vehicles with pedestrian-detecting technology. Those vehicles include the following:
Small Cars: Honda Insight, Mazda 3 hatchback, Mazda 3 sedan, and the Subaru Crosstrek hybrid.
Midsized Cars: Mazda 6, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback (built after October 2019), and the Toyota Camry.
Midsize luxury cars: Lexus ES, Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, and Tesla Model 3.
Large luxury cars: Audi A6, Genesis G70 (built after December 2019), and Genesis G80.
Small SUVs: Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, and Subaru Forester.
Midsize luxury SUVs: Acura RDX, Cadillac XT6 (built after October 2019), Hyundai Nexo, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (built after July 2019.)
The 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick Winners below do not include the pedestrian-detecting technology but are the top of the top in term of safety in the auto industry.
Small cars: Honda Civic coupe, Civic hatchback, Civic sedan, Hyundai Elantra, Elantra GT, Hyundai Veloster, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Impreza sedan, Impreza wagon, Subaru WRX, Toyota Corolla sedan, and the Corolla hatchback.
Midsize cars: Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and the Nissan Altima.
Midsize luxury cars: BMW 3 series and Volvo S60.
Large car: The Kia Stinger.
Large luxury car: The Audi A7.
Small SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Tuscon, Kia Sportage, Lexus UX, Lincoln Corsair, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC40.
Midsize SUVs: Ford Edge, Hyundai Palisade, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Midsize luxury SUV: The Lexus RX.
Large SUV: The Audi Q8.
IIHS noted that vehicles can qualify for the honors later in the year if the automakers make mid-year upgrades. Other key attributes required to make the two lists include: “good” or “acceptable” headlights. If they’re standard, that’s enough to achieve a Top Safety Pick+. If they’re optional, that’s enough to achieve a Top Safety Pick. Poor headlight performance has been a significant concern among automotive safety advocates in recent years.
About Spirit West Rapid Refinish
Spirit West Rapid Refinish, established in 2011, was formed to focus on providing quality service for customers who are paying out of pocket for automobile repairs and streamline the workflow volume. We take great pride with teamwork and our commitment to making sure our team receives training on the latest innovative state-of-the-art equipment and collision repair techniques. We are proud to say our team is family and we treat our customers like family too. Whether you need minor collision repair services, bumper repair or vehicle paint, give us a call today at 636.386.8060 or stop by the shop to see how we can restore your vehicle to its original factory finish.
Spirit West Motor Carriage, founded in 1977, is a full-service auto body repair shop serving the St. Louis and surrounding Metro area. For nearly four decades, our family-owned business and our experienced staff have been providing quality auto collision repair, mechanical, paintless dent repair (PDR), complete paint refinishing, and wheel and framing alignment services.