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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, Hybrid: (Mostly) Top Safety Scores From Feds
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, Hybrid: (Mostly) Top Safety Scores From Feds

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released full crash-test results and safety scores for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek—and for the most part they're good, with top five-star Overall results as well as five stars for side impact. These results extend to the 2014...Read More»

2014 Audi A6 3.0T
2014 Audi A6: New Ratings Suggest It's One Of The Safest Sedans

The Audi A6 has been crash-tested by the federal government for the first time in more than 15 years, and it's achieved top five-star scores in all categories of testing. That includes top scores for the 2014 A6 in every single subcategory of testing, too—like the side pole rating, and...Read More»

2014 Subaru BRZ
2014 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S: Good, Safe Fun With Five-Star Safety

The 2014 Scion FR-S and 2014 Subaru BRZ already stand right near the top of our recommendations for those wanting a simple, light, and nimble sports car—with a more visceral driving experience than more higher-horsepower sports cars of today. Simple and lightweight don't always add up to the...Read More»

2013 Honda Fit - IIHS small-overlap front crash test
Minicars Cars Are Mega-Hot, But Only One Passes Tougher IIHS Crash Test

Minicars are big business nowadays. That's often because they earn good gas mileage -- nothing to sneeze at, given today's increasingly higher fuel prices. They're also easy to maneuver and park, which is a nice bonus for urban dwellers. What most minicars don't do well, however, is protect their...Read More»

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Finds Five-Star Federal Safety Rating

If you won't settle for anything but five-star safety in your family vehicle, you now have another option: the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was tested this past month by the federal government, and it steps up its safety ratings in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)--from an overall...Read More»

2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius
2014 Toyota Prius Slips To Four-Star Federal Safety Rating

Toyota’s iconic hybrid, the Prius, has held quite a reputation for safety, as well as for efficiency and technology, of course. Yet new results from the federal government show that it’s been downgraded from five stars to four stars in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety ratings...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Steps Up To Five-Star Safety

The Volkswagen Jetta has earned a higher rating from the federal government. Thanks to an improved side-impact result, the 2014 Jetta now gets a five-star Overall rating, placing it in the company of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, and Toyota Corolla, among others. The new...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
IIHS Lists The 39 Safest Cars For 2014 (Video)

By now, most of the auto world's 2014 models have rolled into showrooms. They've also made appearances on test tracks and crash sets so that various entities can evaluate their reliability and safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of those entities, and it's just...Read More»

2014 Maserati Ghibli
Italian Safety Stallion: Maserati Ghibli Aces IIHS Tests

The 2014 Ghibli is the first Maserati ever to be run through one of the major U.S. crash-test systems. And now in its first set of tests—from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—it's been named a Top Safety Pick. It's unusual for a couple of reasons. One of them is that...Read More»

2014 Volvo XC90
2014 Volvo XC90: After All These Years, Still A Top Safety Achiever

As of 2014, the Volvo XC90 crossover has been on the market for a dozen years; and its structure hasn't seen any extensive reengineering during that time. Yet the 2014 Volvo XC90 managed a top-tier performance in the tough new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal...Read More»

2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX, Acura RDX Earn Five-Star Crash Test Rating

The 2014 Acura MDX three-row crossover and 2014 Acura RDX compact crossover have been awarded a five-star overall crash test rating—the top overall score—from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on recent tests. The results are based on crash tests that are...Read More»

2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco
2014 Toyota Corolla: 'Marginal' In Critical Frontal Crash Test

The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla manages to transcend its econo-car roots to some degree—giving us a number of reasons (like a better feature set and much-improved interior) to put it back on compact-car shopping lists. But safety might not be one of those reasons. The Corolla earned a...Read More»

NHTSA Tesla Model S crash test (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)
The Safest Cars Of 2013

Safety sells. We know that wasn't always the case; but in today's market, the majority of new-car shoppers do value how well a car will protect them in a crash—or how it might help them avoid one altogether. Trouble is, between the two U.S. agencies that conduct crash tests—the National...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte  -  rated POOR in IIHS small overlap frontal impact test
Which Small Cars Are Safest? New IIHS Test Helps Answer That

Not sure which small-car model is best for you? If safety is one of your priorities you might want to give the Honda Civic, or perhaps the Dodge Dart, a boost on your list of possibilities. New test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put those models on top, among a...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Impala
2014 Chevrolet Impala Earns Top Five-Star Safety Scores

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala has earned the federal government's top five-star Overall Rating in the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). It's the third Chevrolet sedan in the current lineup to get not just a top five-star score overall but also top five-star scores separately for its frontal and...Read More»

2013 Toyota RAV4
2013 Toyota RAV4: What The 'Poor' Small Overlap Rating Means

In some kinds of frontal crashes, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 might not provide nearly the level of occupant protection as a Honda CR-V or Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. New Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test results for the RAV4 suggest that although this crossover performs well in other...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT
2014 Subaru Forester Aces IIHS Crash Test; Many Other Small SUVs Don't

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has run a group of 13 small sport-utility vehicles or crossovers through its relatively new small-overlap frontal crash test, and the results aren't pretty. Only the 2014 Subaru Forester earned a top 'good' rating. In fact, it's the best-performing...Read More»

2013 Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda6: Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2013 Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, and Mazda 6 are all among the latest group of new vehicles to get the top nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) this week. All four managed to earn top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear impact tests, as well as in the roof...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic EX-L
2013 Honda Civic: First Compact To Earn 'Top Safety Pick+'

If you're shopping for a small, economical car and care about safety, we have a new winner: the 2013 Honda Civic. The 2013 Honda Civic (both in Coupe and Sedan form) has become the first compact car to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+)...Read More»

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