Here are the safest cars of 2020 so far, according to IIHS testing
After crash tests, evaluating headlights and active safety gear, 60-plus models came out on top.
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
On Thursday, we learned the first batch of cars that meet the more stringent criteria, and just over 60 models made the cut so far, according to IIHS testing.
The real stars are the Top Safety Pick Plus winners, which need to earn a Good rating in all crash tests, feature Advanced or Superior scores for front crash prevention (which now includes vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations) and come with standard Acceptable or Good rated headlights. The latter is a big challenge since automakers could simply make the higher rated headlights available on a various trims and still walk away with a Top Safety Pick Plus in 2019. It's not that easy this year.
The Top Safety Pick roster shows far more depth with simpler criteria. Models need to also score a Good rating in all crash tests (a change from last year as well), score an Advanced or Superior rating in front-crash prevention but get away with simply offering Acceptable or Good headlights. They do not need to be standard equipment, essentially mirroring the old Top Safety Pick Plus criteria.