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Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Top Crash Ratings For Midsize SUVs
Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Top Crash Ratings For Midsize SUVs

With its 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and 2014 GMC Terrain midsize crossover utility vehicles, General Motors [NYSE: GM] stands at the top of the latest round of crash-test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Only those two models, plus one additional model, the 2014 Toyota...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns IIHS 'Top Safety Pick Plus' Distinction

The affordable mid-size category now includes one more top safety performer: the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. Chevy's mid-size sedan has earned top 'good' scores in every category of testing—ranking it among a group of top-tier safety performers that includes the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda 6...Read More»

2015 Audi A3 Sedan
2015 Audi A3: Crash Results Show It's A Very Safe Small Sedan

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash-test results for the new 2015 Audi A3, and the new compact luxury sedan takes one of the top positions among all vehicles tested—with the agency's Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating. As the IIHS points out, the A3 is the...Read More»

2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Nissan Rogue Named A Top Safety Pick Plus—But Not Rogue Select

The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle hasn't been on the market long; but it's already earned a top-tier score from one of the major U.S. safety organizations—in this case, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Rogue managed the insurance-funded...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
2014 Subaru Forester: Six Reasons It's Among The Safest Crossovers

Long before beginning our Subaru Forester Six-Month Road Test--and before the brand's recent sales surge--the Forester had built quite a reputation as one of the safer small utility vehicles or crossovers on the market. Today it lives up to that reputation; and that holds whether we're speaking of...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
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»

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