Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) puts together a list of vehicles that are particularly safe when compared to other models manufactured in the same year. Since 2006, the IIHS has identified vehicles that provide the safest experience for motorists and their passengers and has even highlighted the top performers by assigning them special titles.
Overall, there are certain trends that tend to hold true from year to year. Larger, heavier vehicles tend to provide more protection in the event of a crash than smaller, more efficient vehicles. The report concerning 2023 models listing the safest vehicles for the year has been published, and there are many vehicles decreed top safety picks. What vehicles hold the top rank in 2023?
Overall, the SUV category has more high-ranking vehicles
When it comes to smaller vehicles, fewer total models make the IIHS list for safety pics, and almost all of the models that do are imports. In the small cars category, there are only seven vehicles, all of which are from international brands. The Acura Integra was the Top Safety Pick+ for the category, while the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 each had more than one model on the list.
There were four midsize vehicles that made the list, including the Subaru Legacy and Outback, the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry. There were a dozen picks for small SUVs, 19 midsize SUVs including luxury brands, two minivans and three large pickup trucks named as award winners for 2023. Domestic brands like Lincoln, Tesla and Ford each had only one entry on the list.
How this information can help the public
Those who understand the safety concerns and benefits of different vehicles can make more informed choices as consumers. They are also in a better position to take appropriate action in the event of a car crash. Knowing whether a motor vehicle collision requires an insurance claim or possibly a product liability claim against the manufacturer can help people more fully recoup their losses after a wreck.