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2011 Honda Accord, GM Crossovers Given Five-Star Safety Ratings

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2011 Honda Accord Sedan

2011 Honda Accord Sedan

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2011 Buick Enclave

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which oversees the federal government's vehicle crash-test program, has added a few more results to its set of completely revamped (and retested) 2011 model-year ratings.

And for all the models added this time—the 2011 Buick Enclave, 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, 2011 GMC Acadia, and 2011 Honda Accord—it's good news. Five-star good news.

The Traverse, Acadia, and Enclave, which are closely related structurally, were awarded four-star ratings for frontal protection and rollover, and five-star ratings for side protection, but they still earned an Overall Rating of five stars. Frontal ratings included top five-star protection for a male driver but four-star protection for a (smaller) female passenger.

The 2011 Honda Accord fared even better, with five stars in all test categories—including the new side pole test as well as front and rear side barrier force measurements.

But the top rating isn't quite the icing on the cake for Honda. The Accord doesn't have a perfect record in tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), however; it's earned top 'good' ratings from the IIHS in frontal offset and side tests but only an 'acceptable' score in the new roof strength test.

The IIHS have applied top 'good' frontal and side-impact test results to the 2011 Enclave, Acadia, and Traverse, but it hasn't yet tested those models for roof strength.

[SaferCar.gov, via Kicking Tires]

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  1. Did NHTSA's report mention that the Accord looked better AFTER the crash testing?
     
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