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NHTSA’s 2012 Vehicle List For Five-Star Safety Rating Program


A 2012 Chevy Sonic undergoes frontal offset crash testing. Image: GM Corp.

A 2012 Chevy Sonic undergoes frontal offset crash testing. Image: GM Corp.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it will test 74 2012 passenger vehicles in its five-star safety rating program that was revamped last year. The list includes 42 passenger cars, 22 SUVs and crossovers, two minivans, and eight pickup trucks.

The NHTSA (via TheCarConnection) says that its crash test program will provide consumer information covering 81 percent of all the 2012 passenger vehicles sold in the United States.

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan

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Family cars on the test list include the Buick Regal e-Assist, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Camry, Prius v, Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60.

2012 Honda Pilot

2012 Honda Pilot

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Some of the SUVs and crossovers on the test list include the Acura MDX, Dodge Durango and Journey, Ford Expedition and Explorer, Honda Pilot and CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento and Sportage, Subaru Outback and Toyota RAV4.

2012 Chrysler Town & Country

2012 Chrysler Town & Country

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The two minivans to be tested are the Chrysler Town & Country and the Toyota Sienna.

In addition to the overall safety rating, the agency provides recommendations to consumers on new model year vehicles available with the most effective crash avoidance technologies. The good news for consumers is that there are 68 vehicles for the 2012 model year available with either lane departure warning (LDW) or forward collision warning (FCW) or both systems. Of the 68, 12 have LDW, 18 are equipped with FCW, and 38 vehicles have both technology systems. As an indication of how quickly consumers have accepted these proven safety technologies, since the agency began identifying vehicles offering these systems in 2011, the number of models so equipped has increased from 45 last year.

From the family vehicle perspective, 2012 passenger cars selected for this year’s confirmation testing of LDW and FCW include the BMW 328i, Dodge Charger, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S60. SUVs and crossovers with either or both technologies on the confirmation testing list include the 2012 Acura ZDX, BMW X3 and X5, Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Durango, Ford Edge and Explorer, Infiniti QX56 and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

Click here to see a PDF document of the NHTSA press release, along with the complete list of 2012 vehicles to be tested in this year’s five-star safety rating program.

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