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These are the 15 safest cars on the road, new report says

POSTED December 8, 2017 8:59 a.m.
A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed the safest cars on the market today.

Twelve cars and three SUVs made the list, which included vehicles that passed a new crash test, maintained a good headlight rating and received a “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation.

To receive the "Top Safety Pick Plus" rating, a car must have sufficient "ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating," according to the report.

Toyota led the way with 10 vehicles on the list. Hyundai followed closely with nine total vehicles.

Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Subaru Impreza and the Subaru WRX topped the list of safest small cars.

Here are a few of the “Top Safety Pick Plus” vehicles:

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan only)

Kia Soul

Subaru Impreza

Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Outback

Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series

Genesis G80

Genesis G90

Lincoln Continental

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan only)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

The list included 47 more vehicles that qualified as “Top Safety Pick” honorees.

The institute said it plans to expand its list as it tests more vehicles, according to USA Today.

Many of the cars on the list only qualified because of optimal equipment, meaning the basic models don’t include all the safety features.

Read more at USA Today.

See the entire list at the IIHS website.

Utah’s favorite cars failed to make the “Top Safety Pick Plus” list. One report said Utah’s favorite car is the Subaru Crosstrek, which is also favored in states like Idaho and Oregon. The car did make the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” list, however.

Another report identified the Ford F-150 pickup truck as Utah’s favorite car. No Ford vehicles made the IIHS lists.

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