2017 Chevrolet Volt Earns Top Safety Marks from IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has finally tested the second-generationChevrolet Volt.

Although the Chevrolet Volt was redesigned for the 2016 model year, IIHS didn’t test it until now as part of a testing program of electric vehicles. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt earned good ratings across-the-board for crashworthiness, and its performance in the small overlap front test was an improvement over the previous-generation Volt that earned an acceptable rating.

As a result, it qualifies for a Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest IIHS gives.

The Volt earned a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with optional Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking. On track tests conducted by IIHS, the vehicle avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph.

When equipped only with Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the Volt avoided a collision at 12 mph, and its impact speed was reduced by 5 mph in the 25 mph test. IIHS also noted that the low-speed system gets credit for the warning function and earns an advanced rating.

Starting next year, vehicles will also need good or acceptable headlights in order to qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award. The Volt’s standard headlights earned an acceptable rating, but when equipped with optional high beam assist, the headlight rating improves to good.