The vehicles tested must earn good ratings on the updated side test, as well as the driver, passenger, and original overlap front tests. In addition, acceptable or good-rated standard headlights are mandatory for all trims.  -  Photo: IIHS/Canva

The vehicles tested must earn good ratings on the updated side test, as well as the driver, passenger, and original overlap front tests. In addition, acceptable or good-rated standard headlights are mandatory for all trims.

Photo: IIHS/Canva

From advanced ratings in vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention to superior performance in safety tests, several 2023 and 2024 SUVs, including electric, have earned the prestigious TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards.

The vehicles are tested and must earn good ratings on the updated side test, as well as the driver, passenger, and original overlap front tests. In addition, acceptable or good-rated standard headlights are mandatory for all trims. All vehicle must also attain good ratings in the front crash prevention system, for both the daytime and nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

  • Three 2023 EVs earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ awardsThree electric vehicles, the Genesis Electrified GV70, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and the Lexus RZZ, all earned good ratings from the IIHS. The Electrified GV70, which is a midsize luxury SUV, has received advanced ratings in both daytime and nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention evaluations. The Hyundai Ioniq 6, a midsize car, and the Lexus RZ, a small SUV, have both earned superior ratings in these two tests.
  • Volkswagen Atlas and the Atlas Cross Sport – While previous models of the Atlas were recalled due to a possible steering hazard, the newest three and two-row SUV respectively achieved good ratings in their safety tests.
  • Two Mercedes-Benz SUVs capture top honors – Both the 2023-24 Mercedes-Benz GLC and 2024 GLE-Class were able to pass the safety tests due to the manufacturer adjusting the aim of the headlight systems after they changed their assembly processes earlier this year.
  • Kia Sportage picks up IIHS accolade – After updates to the side structure for the 2024 model, the small SUV was able to earn the Top Safety Pick+ award, achieving superior ratings in the daytime and advanced ratings in the nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.
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