crash tests

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

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
IIHS: High-MPG Small Cars Much Improved In Safety

All the talk likening small cars to sardine cans can finally be retired. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released new crash-test results and ratings for more than a dozen small cars and found that, thankfully, automakers have made significant progress in small-car...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
2011 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX Earn Top Safety Pick Status

The 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX mid-size crossovers have just earned Top Safety Pick Status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In this case, the accolade didn't come easy. The models had originally earned only 'acceptable' in the new IIHS roof strength test, withstanding 3.5...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus
2011 Hyundai Equus: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

With each redesign and new vehicle, Hyundai has been making steady, significant improvements in safety—to the point that in most segments, its vehicles are now among the best-rated. And now, there's no better vehicle to showcase that progress than its flagship luxury sedan, the Equus, which...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
2011 Scion tC: New NHTSA Ratings Confirm It's A Safety All-Star

Small, sporty coupes tend to have some of the riskiest drivers. That's what insurance claims data points out, and it's why insurance rates tend to be quite high for compact two-doors. But if you're still drawn to this type of car, compact coupes aren't inherently bad. The 2011 Scion tC has emerged...Read More»

family of crash-test dummies  -  courtesy Ford Motor Co.
Family Safety: Ford Developing First Child Crash-Test Dummies

How can we better protect children from traffic accidents? For starters, it seems that cracking down on drunk driving might really help; according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than two thirds of the children killed in motor-vehicle crashes were killed while riding with a drinking...Read More»

Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies
The 6 Things To Know About Star Safety Ratings

While you might be perfectly happy with a two-star hotel or restaurant choice, you shouldn't ever settle for anything but five stars in a vehicle. As before, you'll find federal star ratings printed on the window sticker of all new vehicles. But this year, they're different. The National Highway...Read More»

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