Chattanooga-built VW Passat earns top safety rating
Six Volkswagen models (in various configurations) earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.
The Chattanooga-built Volkswagen Passat made the top group of cars to be a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Six Volkswagen models (in various configurations) earned the IIHS safety pick rating - the 2017 VW Jetta, Golf and Passat.
Twenty-one cars, which also feature standard front crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities like the Passat include:
- Acura MDX and RLX
- Audi A3, A4, and Q7
- Genesis G80 and G90
- Lexus ES and RX
- Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
- Toyota Avalon, Corolla, Prius, RAV4 and Yaris iA
- Volkswagen Passat
- Volvo S60, S90, V60, XC60 and XC90
The IIHS says that automakers have voluntarily committed to making autobrake a standard feature on all models by 2022.
But only seven 2017 models earned top headlight rating, a new area of focus for the IIHS. Those are:
- Chevrolet Volt
- Honda Ridgeline
- Hyundai Elantra
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Prius v
- Volvo XC60