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Twenty-One 2012 Vehicles Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Ratings


2012 Cadillac SRX

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 Accord

2012 Honda Accord

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Here is the make and model breakdown for the rest of the vehicles currently receiving the five-star overall rating:

  • 2012 Acura ZDX SUV
  • 2012 BMW 5-Series
  • 2012 Buick Enclave
  • 2012 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2012 Cadillac CTS
  • 2012 Cadillac SRX
  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2012 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2012 Chevrolet Traverse SUV
  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2012 GMC Acadia SUV
  • 2012 Honda Accord four-door
  • 2012 Honda Odyssey minivan
  • 2012 Hyundai Sonata, Sonata Hybrid
  • 2012 Kia Optima, Optima Hybrid
  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
  • 2012 Saab 9-4X SUV
  • 2012 Scion tC
  • 2012 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid
  • 2012 Toyota Prius
  • 2012 Volvo XC60 SUV

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

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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. 

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