Ahead of the 2024 model year the IIHS stepped up the requirements for its highest Top Safety Pick+ award. Previous winners aren’t grandfathered into the award and must increase their safety standards to continue to be sold as a TSPP awarded automobile. Notably, this year the independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage is requiring more strict side-impact test results and has added a new nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian test. Only 51 cars have earned the award this year, and a full ten of them are electric.
In addition to the Audi Q4 E-Tron, Q8 E-Tron—and sportback variants thereof—Genesis GV60, Rivians R1S and R1T, Subaru Solterra, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4, the new test added Genesis GV70, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and Lexus RZ to the list.
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