The 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks


 

Even with a year plagued by recalls, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named an impressive 71 vehicles to its 2015 Top Safety Picks, jumping from 39 vehicles last year. Auto manufacturers are drastically and methodically working to create more advanced safety technologies. 

For a vehicle to get a ranking of 2015 Top Safety Pick (TSP), it must be the following requirements:


"...earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test."

The 2015 Top Safety Pick+ recognition requires that a vehicle meet the aforementioned requirements but also "earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention." 33 vehicles out of 71 made this category.  

The Institute's newly implemented small overlap front test gave auto makers a challenge because many vehicles performed poorly. The test, which duplicated a vehicle's ability to sustain damage on the front corner as if it were hitting another vehicle or object, was started in 2012 and was difficult to pass because "the crash forces bypass most of a vehicle's energy-absorbing structure." 

 

Front-end structures were changed, restraint systems were rebuilt, side airbags were lengthened and side door frames were reinforced; all which came together to create improved, safer vehicles for many manufactures. 

The following lists all vehicles available from the Norris Auto Group that made the IIHS list of Top Safety Picks (A 'TSP' represents a Top Safety Pick recognition and a 'TSP+' represents a Top Safety Pick+ recognition):

Honda
Accord (Two Door and Four DoorTSP
Civic (Two Door and Four DoorTSP

Acura
Nissan

Ford

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