Genesis, Kia, and Lexus Secure IIHS Top Safety Picks+ Honors!
Three electric vehicles from 2023, namely the Hyundai Ioniq 6, Lexus RZ, and Genesis Electrified GV70, have been awarded the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
For a vehicle to qualify for this honor, it must excel in multiple crash tests and possess an Advanced or Superior front crash avoidance system, assisting drivers in averting potential collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.
Earlier electric vehicles, like the Rivian R1T/R1S, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Tesla Models 3/Y, had been recipients of this recognition. IIHS mandates that for the “+” tag, vehicles should feature standard headlights with at least an "Acceptable" rating across all versions. Furthermore, an efficient front crash prevention system, capable of performing both in the day and night, is essential.
In this evaluation, while the GV70 achieved "Advanced" scores, both the Ioniq 6 and Lexus RZ clinched “Superior” ratings. Emphasizing the significance of such systems, IIHS President David Harkey stated, “All three of these vehicles have standard front crash prevention systems designed to protect pedestrians both during the day and at night, when most fatal pedestrian crashes happen.”
The recent IIHS roundup named 51 cars in the Top Safety Pick+ category, a decline from last year's 101, due to the institute's new rigorous side-impact test and nighttime pedestrian detection evaluation.
The IIHS, funded by insurance firms, operates alongside the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, offering crucial safety ratings in the automotive industry.
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