IIHS announces 2020 top safety picks

IIHS announces 2020 top safety picks
Car being tested at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Greene County. File image provided by IIHS (Source: IIHS)

GREENE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is out with its list of safest vehicles on the road.

The criteria include a vehicle's ability to avoid other vehicles and pedestrians, as well as whether its headlights give you the vision you need at night.

Sixty-four cars and SUVs get the top safety pick by IIHS, and 23 qualify for top safety pick plus:

  • Honda, Mazda, and Hyundai won spots for smaller cars and mid-size vehicles.
  • BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, Tesla, and Volvo won spots in the mid-size luxury arena.
  • The Chevy Equinox and Ford Edge both win for small and mid-size SUV.

Down the road, the institute says technology will play a bigger part in its choices.

"Lane departure systems, lane warning systems, blind spot assist... We're constantly looking for those systems to figure out how much of a safety benefit they offer," IIHS President David Harkey said.

Not one pickup or minivan made this year’s list of top-safety picks this year.

Click here to see a list of all the winners.

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