VW Atlas misses Top Safety Pick Plus ratingby Justin King
The all-new SUV aced every crash test, but its headlight performance fell short.
Volkswagen's new Atlas SUV has missed out on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick Plus rating for its inaugural model year.
The Atlas aced every crash test scenario -- small overlap front, moderate overlap, side, roof strength and head restraint -- and earned a 'superior' rating for its front-crash prevention system, which reduced impact speed by 17 mph in the 25 mph test.
"The Atlas misses the Top Safety Pick+ designation because its available headlights are rated marginal and poor," the IIHS said. "Good or acceptable headlights are required for the higher award."