Six large 2017 cars were recently tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While three of these vehicles came out on top as a result of the project, the remaining three garnered no safety awards. The Mercedes Benz E Class, the Lincoln Continental, and the Toyota Avalon received the Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest designation afforded by the IIHS. The IIHS study was conducted in order to learn more about which cars provided the best safety options in the market.

However, in comparison, the Ford Taurus, the Chevrolet Impala and the Tesla Model S scored poorly. The newest model of that group, the Continental, earned high scores on all of the crash tests conducted by the agency. A superior rating was awarded for their front crash prevention system and their headlights also received a high score. The IIHS study may help people determine which vehicle to buy when it’s time to upgrade to a new car.

In order to receive the badge for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must have a good score across all five crash tests as well as a front crash prevention system that receives an advanced or superior rating. Furthermore, headlights must meet the good or acceptable quality ratings. The Model S, Taurus and Impala received an acceptable grade in the front overlap test but all had poorly rated headlights. These most recent crash tests have an important impact on a consumer’s decision to purchase the vehicle. Occupants inside cars will have a higher fatality risk than those in minivans or SUVs. Understanding various safety matrix can help you make a decision about purchasing a vehicle most in line with your overall safety concerns. If you have already been involved in a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation by filing a legal claim. Consulting with an experienced lawyer is your next step.