IIHS names 82 vehicles as top safety picks for 2017

FILE - In this June 24, 2015, file photo, afternoon rush our traffic moves along a highway in Phoenix. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(NBC) — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded 82 new vehicles as the top safety picks for 2017.

Of those 82 vehicles chosed, 38 earned the even higher ranking of “Top Safety Pick+” for their impressive ratings in five crash-test evaluations. They also were selected for having effective crash-preventing features, such as automatic braking systems and headights that were rated at least acceptable.

Toyota led all automakers with nine new models making the list. Honda had five.

See the complete list of top safety picks at this link.