Just 15 vehicles qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after the requirements were strengthened to include good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes, down from 48 vehicles in 2015. 

Another 47 vehicles earn the Top Safety Pick award, which now requires acceptable or good headlights.

The inclusion of a passenger-side crash test is a first for any IIHS award. The Institute developed the passenger-side small overlap front crash test after it became clear that some manufacturers weren't paying sufficient attention to the passenger side as they made improvements to achieve better performance in the driver-side small overlap front test.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].