The IIHS has identified the leading four cars in terms of crash test performance.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its ratings for “Top Safety Pick” in order to identify the car models that performed the best in its auto insurance crash test ratings.
The safety group is among the most influential in the industry.
Among all of the vehicles that were rated, there were four that were given the Top Safety Pick designation. Among them, was the Dodge Dart, one of the vehicles Chrysler is hoping will become a top seller. This 2013 model was originally designed as a joint project between Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat SpA.
Three other models for 2013 were also given this coveted auto insurance designation.
These other Top Safety Picks included the Lexus ES 350 midsize luxury sedan, the Hyundai Motor Co. crossover Santa Fe, and the Subaru XV Crosstrek hatchback. By receiving this auto insurance rating, it means that each of these vehicles were able to perform well within the IIHS crash tests that measured performance from impacts to the front, side, and rear, in addition to rollovers.
According to the chief of the Dodge brand at Chrysler, Reid Bigland, “We had high expectations for the Dart and our engineers delivered.”
Russ Rader, an IIHS spokesperson, explained that last year, there were 180 vehicles tested and among them, 132 received the designation of Top Safety Pick. This year, due to changes in the testing and measures, the list was much shorter. This is meant to encourage the auto insurance and design industry to step up its safety efforts even further. This doesn’t mean that the vehicles are less safe, it only means that the bar has now been raised, and there are only four vehicles in the 2013 model year that have met that challenge, so far.
Each of the four top auto insurance safety performers have been brought into the American marketplace over the last few months and have been showing strong sales among U.S. consumers. After having passed the more stringent safety tests, this can only reflect well on the future sales of those models.