The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one of the top vehicle safety rating agencies in the United States, recently came out with its “Top Safety Pick” awards for 2016 model cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles. As always, the picks have generated some heated debate in cyberspace and across social media platforms. But for people who factor in safety as a priority when choosing a vehicle to buy, the IIHS ratings are like scripture. Here is a list of the 2016 model vehicles that the IIHS has rated as among the safest to drive.
10. Kia Optima
It’s not a particularly flashy car or known for its speed and torque, but the Kia Optima has earned top grades for safety and reliability. Not only did the vehicle score well on IIHS’s various crash tests, but it has been lauded for its optional front crash prevention system that is industry leading and ahead of the automotive pack. “The new model’s ratings are an improvement over the 2015 Optima, which earned only an acceptable rating,” said the IIHS in awarding the 2016 Optima its highest safety accolade. The redesigned 2016 Kia Optima also features a forward collision warning system that is state-of-the-art and meets the criteria outlined by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.