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IIHS gives three large cars title of 'Top Safety Pick-Plus'

IIHS gives three large cars title of 'Top Safety Pick-Plus'

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Three more large cars have been given the title of Top Safety Pick-Plus.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested six large car models, and three of them came away with high rankings.

The Top Safety Pick-Plus ranking means drivers and passengers in each of the three models have a higher chance of survival if involved in an accident.

The top models include the 2017 Lincoln Continental, and the redesigned Mercedes E-Class.

The Toyota Avalon was promoted to a top pick because engineers improved the aim of headlights on models built after March.

Headlights on all types of cars have been a hot topic recently, with many being deemed insufficient.

"Cars that have better headlights are associated with fewer crashes. Better headlights help the driver see the road and potential obstacles on the road at night," said IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby.

The other three cars the IIHS tested missed the mark, receiving "poor" ratings for their headlights.

But the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, and Tesla Model S all had "good" ratings in four of the five crash tests, and "acceptable" performances in front crashes.

It's the headlights that are the sticking point though. In order to get the top ranking, the cars must have good to superior rankings in both the crash tests and headlights.

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