2012 Cadillac SRX
In the all-important safety arena, getting high crash test marks from the two major safety rating organizations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) counts a lot with consumers, especially family car buyers.
Under the NHTSA’s revised New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) implemented for the 2011 model year, the requirements are more stringent to receive the coveted NHTSA five-star overall vehicle rating.
To-date, 21 vehicles have received NHTSA five-star overall safety ratings. The manufacturer with the greatest number is General Motors, with nine vehicles, followed by Honda with four, Toyota with three, and five others with one each.
2012 Honda AccordEnlarge Photo
Here is the make and model breakdown for the rest of the vehicles currently receiving the five-star overall rating:
2012 Toyota Camry XLEEnlarge Photo
Note that each of these vehicles, with the exception of the 2012 Acura ZDX, is also an IIHS 2012 Top Safety Pick. In our previous story, we pointed out that this is the first time that the mid-size Toyota Camry has won an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, while the Honda Accord returns to the list for the first time since 2009.