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All-new Cadillac XT5 earns Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS
All-new Cadillac XT5 earns Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS

Cadillac's new crossover has a nice trophy to put on its bookshelf. The IIHS has finished its barrage of crash tests and says that the luxury brand's angular new 'ute ranks among the best, earning it the coveted Top Safety Pick+ score. The IIHS says that the XT5 performed admirably in all five of...Read More»

2017 Ford Escape IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test
Refreshed Ford Escape improves crash test performance, still lags rivals

The updated 2017 Ford Escape compact crossover received more than just a cosmetic facelift this year. Structural changes to the vehicle's front end were enough to boost its crashworthiness, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Escape's performance in the IIHS small-overlap...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test
IIHS rates 2017 Hyundai Elantra a Top Safety Pick+

Hyundai's redesigned compact sedan has received the highest possible crash test rating by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—Top Safety Pick+ That's a marked improvement over the previous generation Elantra, which didn't garner a Top Safety Pick award due to an...Read More»

2017 Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento rated Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

The addition of an optional automatic emergency braking system has elevated the Kia Sorento to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest crash test assessment level, Top Safety Pick+. The 2016 Sorento earned top marks in terms of its crashworthiness, but it only qualified for Top Safety...Read More»

2015 Toyota RAV4, IIHS small front overlap crash test
Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4 protect passengers very differently in new IIHS tests: video [UPDATED]

Updated with a statement from Toyota. See below. Back in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added a new challenge for automakers: the small front overlap test. As you might guess from the name, it was designed to evaluate how well cars protected occupants when vehicles collided with...Read More»

2017 Audi A4
2017 Audi A4 nails IIHS crash tests, gets Top Safety Pick+ nod

The new 2017 Audi A4 has aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's barrage of crash tests, representing a massive improvement over its predecessor. The A4 received top marks in all IIHS crash tests, including the small-overlap frontal test that simulates an offset head-on collision. In...Read More»

IIHS crash tests 2016 Ford Mustang
Crash-test results mixed for Mustang, Camaro, Challenger

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) took America's three iconic performance coupes and, instead of hustling them down a curvy road or heading to the drag strip, the crash testing agency smashed them into a wall. The findings may surprise you. CHECK OUT: Ford Mustang Vs. Chevrolet...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500
Ford F-150 tops pickup crash-test ratings; Ram 1500 needs improvement

Full-size pickup trucks, some might argue, have squared up the past few years. The competition is tight, and they're ever closer in profile, appearance, and size, and hauling ability. Yet safety is proving to be an important differentiating factor. There are some very different body structures and...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring
2016 Toyota Prius crash-tested, earns top safety ratings

The fourth generation of the Toyota Prius has only been on sale for a few months. Yet with the release this week of federal crash-test results, and of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test results just last week, we now have a pretty good picture of the safety of this new...Read More»

2016 Jeep Renegade
2016 Jeep Renegade Crash-Tested, To Mixed Safety Results

The Jeep Renegade is already into its second model year; yet it hasn't been given a full set of U.S. crash-test ratings until now. And the results, while mostly good, could definitely be better. The federal government has just released full NCAP safety ratings for the 2016 Jeep Renegade—and...Read More»

2016 Honda Civic Sedan (Touring)
Affordable Safety: 2016 Honda Civic Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The 2016 Honda Civic has been fully tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it’s earned top ratings in every respect. That includes the best ‘good’ ratings for moderate and small overlap frontal tests, as well as side impact, head restraints and seats...Read More»

NHTSA Tesla Model S crash test (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)
How Will Auto Safety Ratings Change In The Future?

Car safety has evolved at a rapid pace—a pace that likely wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t so carefully monitored by two major safety agencies in the U.S. They’re the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees NCAP testing...Read More»

2016 Chrysler 200
Nearly All Domestic-Brand Vehicles Miss 2016 IIHS Top Safety Cut

Domestic brands—like Chevy, Ford, GMC, Dodge, and others—aren’t making the cut for safety. So says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in the latest version of its Top Safety Pick+ list, which helps separate the best from the rest, by considering occupant safety and...Read More»

2016 BMW 3-Series
2016 BMW 3-Series Crash-Tested: Maintains ‘Marginal’ Rating

Luxury sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series may wrap in more safety-technology features than mainstream models the same size; yet you can’t necessarily count on better occupant safety. That’s what a new set of crash-test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) helps...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Hyundai Tucson, Sonata Earn 5-Star NCAP, IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has now joined the 2016 Hyundai Sonata in being able to claim top five-star federal safety ratings from the federal government. For the Tucson, they complement some especially top-notch results released earlier this fall, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...Read More»

2015 Ford Edge
2015 Ford Edge Earns Mostly Good IIHS Scores, Five-Star NCAP Rating

Safety-minded families now have one more reason to consider the much-improved 2015 Ford Edge: It’s achieved a batch of (mostly) top-tier crash-test ratings. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the 2015 Edge earned top 'good' ratings in four out of five IIHS tests, with...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design
2016 Volvo XC90 Aces IIHS Crash Tests, Safety Ratings

“Swedish safety” has become a bit of a tautology when it comes to vehicles. Whether you’re talking about Volvo, or its now defunct cross-country rival brand, Saab, Swedish-engineered cars, wagons, and crossovers have long set a standard for occupant protection. And so it goes with...Read More»

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima Earns Five-Star Safety Ratings

The federal government recently posted its safety ratings for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, and in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing this fully redesigned sporty sedan earned perfect five-star occupant safety scores in all areas—including the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover...Read More»

2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Honda HR-V Achieves (Mostly) Five-Star Safety Scores

The 2016 Honda HR-V has earned a five-star rating, overall, in federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-testing. However its results aren’t quite top-tier. In frontal crash testing (35 mph into a fixed barrier), the HR-V was able to achieve just four stars for both male-size occupants...Read More»

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