As safety remains a top priority for many car shoppers, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced its annual Top Safety Pick awards. The list breaks down all model-year 2022 vehicles that earned either the agency’s Top Safety Pick or its highest designation, Top Safety Pick Plus. There’s no shortage of promising news for safety-minded shoppers in the 2022 results: More vehicles made the list versus 2021, automakers made significant strides in headlight quality, and pickup trucks, minivans and electric vehicles all had a stronger showing.
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IIHS evaluates vehicle safety based on a series of crash tests, headlight performance and front crash prevention systems. Although the fitment of child-safety seats is also measured, this category does not impact a vehicle’s award eligibility. Testing criteria did not change from the 2021 evaluation.