Best Rated Car, 2019 Toyota Avalon, 2018 Mazda 6 earn good crash-test scores, mixed headlight results

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Best Rated Car – It all boils down to the lights when it comes to getting the Topps Pick Top IIHS award. A certain version of Toyota Avalon 2019 is upgraded to Top Safety Pick + designation thanks to better headlamps that adds strong collision test results, IIHS said Thursday. Instead, the latest award criteria meet the upgraded Mazda 6 2018 due to its sub-optimal lamp.

Larger Toyota, heavier by 2019 Full-size Avalon sedan accepts “Good” crash test scores around minus “Acceptable” for challenging passenger side overlap test. However, the designation of Top Safety Pick + applies only to Avalon which comes with an optional LED projector lamp, rated “Good.” The IIHS says that the standard LED reflector lamps on Avalon XLE and XSE trims rated “Poor,” a big difference.

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The fresh and turbocharged Mazda 6, on the other hand, dropped the “+” from its previous appointment to receive only the Top Safety Pick award, as most of the requirements change to get the top level IIHS award. The agency considers Mazda’s headlights only “Acceptable” with adaptive light curves in the Grand Touring Reserve range and Signature trim levels. The non-adaptive headlamps on the other trim only get the “Marginal” score.

That’s enough to warrant a slight downgrade for this year, despite completing all the crash tests and offering optional “Superior” collision prevention technology.

Level IIHS headlamps on a four level scale. “Good” is the best ranking, followed by “Acceptable,” “Marginal,” and “Poor.”

The new award criteria have become a scourge in the small SUV market, with only 2018 Mazda CX-5 receiving the top score, but the sedan model has fared slightly better, with 2018 Hyundai Sonata, 2018 Kia Optima, 2018 Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Camry 2018 all receiving Top Safety Pick + mentions in the mid-size segment of the sedan.