2011 Nissan Leaf
Safety ratings are important considerations for any family car purchase, so it’s welcome news that the five-passenger 2011 Nissan Leaf has now earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
While Nissan touts the Leaf’s five-star status as “the first all-electric vehicle to achieve 5-star overall for safety,” to be fair, the Leaf is the only 100 percent electric vehicle the NHTSA has tested in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric, earned its five-star safety rating from the NHTSA in early June.
Both vehicles, the Leaf and the Volt, received Top Safety Pick designations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in April.