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

2013 Tesla Model S crash test by NHTSA (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»

2013 Honda Accord EX-L
New Frontal Crash Tests: Honda Accord Aces, Toyota Camry Flubs

While you may concede that money can't buy you love, it might seem hard to believe that extra money spent on a luxury vehicle wouldn't be money well spent on keeping your loved ones safe and sound. As some of the latest crash-tests suggest, you might be just as well, or better off, with a...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS Rates Five Stars In NHTSA Crash Testing

If you still conjure up images of the Cimarron or Catera when you think about entry-level Cadillac models, think again: it’s latest offering, the ATS has been universally praised by reviewers (including ourselves), racking up awards from organizations like the Motor Press Guild in the...Read More»

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD
Volvo, Acura Models Protect Well In New Crash Test; Many Others Don't

Families who want to choose one of the safest cars on the market have a new and compelling reason to consider the Volvo S60 or Acura TL: Of eleven luxury sedans run in a tough new frontal-impact test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these two are the only models to achieve the...Read More»

2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
2013 Mazda CX-5 Earns Top Safety Pick From IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating, the Top Safety Pick designation, is a highly sought-after recognition of crash-test safety--it's only awarded to models that score top marks in all crash testing and include certain standard safety equipment. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 has risen...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Safety Counts: IIHS Names 115 Top Vehicle Picks For 2012

Not too long ago, safety ratings were details that only the most meticulous (and safety-minded) new-car shoppers paid attention to. But today, shoppers expect top safety as a given; frankly, it’s the price of entry for a family vehicle. And for 2012, those new priorities are showing: There...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500 IIHS crash testing
2012 Fiat 500 Is An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2012 Fiat 500 has earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), signifying that it’s scored a rating of “good” (the agency’s highest) in frontal offset and side impact crash testing, as well as in roof strength testing. Top Safety...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
2012 Kia Soul, Mercedes Recalls, Crushed Lexus IS-F: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we review the 2012 Kia Soul and Consumer Reports says the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's powertrain is unrefined. The 2013 Toyota Prius C gets an early reveal and a Lexus IS-F is crushed on video. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. We...Read More»

A 2012 Chevy Sonic undergoes frontal offset crash testing. Image: GM Corp.
NHTSA’s 2012 Vehicle List For Five-Star Safety Rating Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it will test 74 2012 passenger vehicles in its five-star safety rating program that was revamped last year. The list includes 42 passenger cars, 22 SUVs and crossovers, two minivans, and eight pickup trucks. The NHTSA (via...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test
2011 Chevrolet Volt: Top Safety Ratings From Both U.S. Agencies

General Motors' [NYSE: GM] breakthrough Chevrolet Volt might be one of your safest family-car choices as well as one of the cleanest, greenest choices. The 2011 Volt has achieved an Overall Rating of five stars—including five stars for side impact and five stars for rollover—in the...Read More»

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