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Top Safety Picks for 2018

December 14, 2017

This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a list of cars, SUVS, minivan, and pickup trucks that were awarded a 2018 Top Safety Pick.

To earn a Top Safety Pick, the vehicle has to get good ratings in the small-overlap front crash test, moderate-overlap and side crash test, as well as roof-strenght and head-restraint test. They also have to perform well in frontal-crash prevention - either with standard or automatic braking.

Among the top safety picks, Subaru and Hyundai (including Genesis brand) lead with nine winners. See the full list below. If safety is a top priority, you should be considering these vehicles.

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to quickly see the best deals being offered in your area.

2018 Top Safety Pick+ Award Winners

Some cars perform well in IIHS' tests but their headlights don't pass the tests or they didn't get good marks on the passenger side small overlap crash test. These cars earn the Top Safety Pick award—without the +. 

2018 Top Safety Pick Award Winners

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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