Across the world, modern Japanese cars have earned a high reputation for their state-of-the-art safety. So, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the 2018 rankings for their top safety picks, it was no surprise to see Japanese automobiles leading the pack in many categories. The IIHS’s ratings were gathered by conducting crash simulations in a controlled environment with a test dummy. To achieve a high score, the car needed to protect its driver and passengers against injuries, and tests also measured the performance of automated crash prevention systems.
Based on IIHS’s 2018 rankings, here are three highly-rated Japanese vehicles you should consider if you’re in the market for a new car:
- 2018 Subaru WRX
Just like last year, Subaru vehicles fared extremely well in IIHS’s 2018 testings. For the small car category, the 2018 Subaru WRX earned top marks for its driver-side safety, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. The only element that didn’t excel on this Subaru’s score sheet was the ease of use of its child seat anchors, which earned an average grade. The 2018 Subaru WRX’s risk prevention system, the EyeSight® Advanced Driving Assist System, was also highly marked by the IIHS judges. This safety technology combines emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane alerts with other state-of-art features.
- 2018 Toyota Camry
When it comes to building safe vehicles, we’ve long trusted Toyota mechanics. Showing us one of the key reasons why we love Toyota once again, the 2018 Toyota Camry scored very highly in IIHS’s Midsize Cars category. With good ratings across the board, this Toyota model displayed great protection in both the passenger and driver sides, along with its child seat anchors, airbags, and seatbelts. For crash prevention, the 2018 Toyota Camry is equipped with a pre-collision system that includes lane departure alerts, automatic high beams, and pedestrian detection with emergency braking.
- 2018 Mazda CX-9
The reliable Mazda mechanics have once again produced an excellent midsize SUV. 2018 Mazda CX-9 scored top marks in every category, while it earned average grades for its headlights. This 7-seat SUV also features a state-of-the-art crash prevention system, which garnered excellent ratings from IIHS’s judges. The system also offers useful technological features such as traffic sign recognition, advanced blind spot monitoring, smart brakes, and collision warnings.
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