Here are the Safest Cars in 2018 According to the IIHS

It’s good to be included in the IIHS' Top Safety + list winners*. Believe us--it's not easy to get in. So if a vehicle is listed there, then you know they mean business when it comes to safe driving.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) offers one of the most comprehensive and reliable ratings when it comes to the safest vehicles in the U.S. And while the study is based in a different country, some of the models that they've rated are also available in the Philippines as well. This makes them a good reference when choosing cars that offer the best safety technology today.

2018 Top Safety+ Results

There are two brands that stood out among the winners, and they have the most number of models in the Top Safety+ list. Subaru tops the list, while Hyundai follows a close second.  Third in place is Kia, which garnered three Top Safety+ awards. Surprisingly, only one Toyota model that's available in the Philippines made it to the roll call--and that's Toyota Camry.

Most of the winners come from the small to mid-size cars categories, and dominated by Subaru and Kia. Hyundai, on the other hand, ruled over the midsize SUVs class.

So, which of the vehicles that we have in the Philippines made it to the IIHS’ Top Safety+ list? Allow us to give you a complete rundown:

Small Cars

  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra

  • 2018 Kia Forte

  • 2018 Kia Soul

  • 2018 Subaru Impreza

  • 2018 Subaru WRX

  • 2018 Subaru XV

Midsize Cars

  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata

  • 2018 Subaru Legacy

  • 2018 Subaru Outback

  • 2018 Toyota Camry

Large Luxury Cars

  • 2018 BMW 5 series

  • 2018 Lexus RC

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz-E Class

Small SUVs

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona

  • 2018 Mazda CX-5

Midsize SUVs

  • 2018 Honda Pilot

  • 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

Midsize Luxury SUVs

  • 2018 BMW X3

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE


To qualify for 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.

We only included winners from the 2018 Top Safety Pick+, since IIHS uses a more rigorous and stricter standard in testing out the vehicles. 

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