Although only seven midsize vehicles have been subjected to the most recent round of IIHS testing to date, the updated ratings breakdown amongst them is quite significant. Only three of the test group’s cars managed to get ratings of Acceptable to Good, one received a Marginal, and three received Poor ones. All of these vehicles, according to the IIHS, received a Good rating when put through their paces using the previous standards.
The 2022 Subaru Outback managed to receive the lone Good rating, while the 2022 Hyundai Sonata and the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta each received two Acceptable ratings. The Honda Accord was given a single Marginal grade in 2022. The 2022 Toyota Camry, 2022 Nissan Altima, and 2022 Chevrolet Malibu received the three Poor ratings.
Some mid-sized vehicles, such as the 2019 Audi A8, do include additional active suspension that can automatically lift the side of the vehicle up just before a collision, improving driver and passenger safety against side impacts. The availability of these capabilities in more reasonably priced vehicles is still likely several years away. IIHS safety awards won’t be impacted by these new testing standards until 2023, but they will thereafter become the standard.