IIHS said 23 vehicles won the Top Safety Pick+ for 2020, while another 41 won the Top Safety Pick.
Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands, had the most winners overall with 14.
Mazda had the most Top Safety Pick+ winners of any automaker with five vehicles on the list, including the Mazda CX-3 SUV. Subaru was second with four vehicles on the list, including the Subaru Forester SUV. Others making the list included the Tesla Model 3, the Hyundai Nexo and the Lexus ES, which was named by J.D. Power on Wednesday as the most dependable vehicle of 2020. (Scroll down to see the full list.)
Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi were shut out altogether.
Notably absent on either list this year were minivans and pickups. Automakers didn’t nominate any of them for the awards due to the vehicles’ lack of automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Harkey said.
IIHS noted that vehicles can qualify for the honors later in the year if the automakers make mid-year upgrades.
Other key attributes required to make the two lists include:
• “Good” or “acceptable” headlights. If they’re standard, that’s enough to achieve a Top Safety Pick+. If they’re optional, that’s enough to achieve a Top Safety Pick. Poor headlight performance has been a significant concern among automotive safety advocates in recent years.
• A “good” rating on all six crash assessments, including a passenger-side crash test that assesses the safety of passengers when there’s a small overlap between cars involved in the collision. This is the first year a “good” rating on this test has been required to make both lists.