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New Small Cars: 2012 Chevy Sonic, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio
New Small Cars: 2012 Chevy Sonic, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio

With Chevrolet announcing the starting price for the all-new 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact car last week, this is just the beginning of the story. The good news for consumers is the number of new small cars for 2012. Chevrolet Sonic Chevy’s subcompact 2012 Sonic, which replaces the South...Read More»

2011 Ram 1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT Angular Front Exterior View
Pickup Vs SUV: Which Is The Safer Choice?

Recently we reported on a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study that compares the relative safety of SUVs and passenger cars—and finds that SUVs are now the safer choice. Adjusted fatality rates are about 50 percent lower overall for them than for passenger cars. After...Read More»

Texting while driving
States Toughen Hands-Free Laws, Close Enforcement Loopholes

Don't take talking and texting rules too lightly. As data continues to stream in about the dangers of hand-held cellphone distraction, state legislators—and highway patrols—are getting tough. The first round of cellphone-related distraction laws were, in some states, vague and poorly...Read More»

2010 Saab 9-5
2011 Saab 9-5: Top Safety Pick, Class-Leading Roof Rating

The 2011 Saab 9-5 might be relatively rare on U.S. highways, as it's been plagued by production issues related to Saab's financial difficulties and change of ownership. But it went on sale months ago—and now it's been thoroughly crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
2011 Saab 9-5, 2011-2012 Volkswagen CC Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

And the news just keeps on coming – about vehicles earning Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The latest to achieve this top-tier safety status are two family luxury cars: the 2011 Saab 9-5 large sedan, and the mid-size 2011-2012 Volkswagen CC...Read More»

2007 Nissan 350Z
At Your Own Risk: These Vehicles Have The Highest Death Rates

It's might be hard to believe looking at safety equipment lists, or even crash-test results, but you're statistically a few hundred times more likely to die if you're behind the wheel of a Nissan 350Z or Chevrolet Aveo than if you're in a Toyota Sienna or Audi A6. Looking at driver deaths per...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Latest Safety Stats: New SUVs Are Safer Than Sedans

Is your family safer and more secure in a sedan or an SUV? For years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has advised that the safest vehicle choice is a vehicle that's moderately heavy yet low—like a medium to large sedan. But based on the latest findings from the IIHS, that...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge
It's Official: SUVs Are Safer Than Cars (Well, Mostly)

If you drive an SUV, you know that part of their allure is the feeling of safety they provide. Even compact SUVs can seem studier than their shorter, svelter car cousins. But studies haven't supported that impression of safety with facts -- until now. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has...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»

2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test
2011 Chevy Volt Earns Five Stars From The NHTSA

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has become the first electric vehicle to earn a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which adds to the recent “2011 Top Safety Pick” awarded to the Volt by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The NHTSA...Read More»

2011 MINI Countryman
2011 MINI Countryman: Safe, Sporty, Fun-To-Drive Four-Seater

Who doesn’t love a MINI? Ever since the diminutive MINI came out, eager customers have been snapping them up. MINI’s latest new model, the 2011 MINI Countryman, a compact crossover that easily seats four adults, is attracting even more attention – if that’s possible...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 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra Get Top Marks In Rollover Protection

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its first ratings for large pickups in its rollover-related roof-strength test, and both the 2011 Ford F-150 and 2011 Toyota Tundra have earned top 'good' ratings. The roof-strength test measures the force that can be sustained by the...Read More»

seatbelt -- click it
Rollover Airbags Soon Required—Because Some Aren't Buckling Up

Head-protecting side-curtain airbags are proven lifesavers; they've already helped contribute to the drop in traffic fatalities over the past several years, and safety officials have estimated that they alone could save up to 2,000 lives per year. In what almost seems like safety officials' version...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
Great Family Cars With Great Gas Mileage--For Under $25,000

With gas prices hovering in the mid- to high-$4-per-gallon territory in many parts of the country, consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars for family members that don’t break the bank have some excellent choices. These eight fuel-sipping new cars all check in with a base price of less...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing
2011 Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt Are IIHS Top Safety Picks

It’s a milestone. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in its first-ever U.S. crash tests of mainstream electric cars, has awarded Top Safety Pick designation to the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, both all-new plug-in electric cars. Leaf and Volt earn the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test
Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Are IIHS Top Safety Picks

They're both best-car-of-the-year winners, they're both available for purchase--for those with patience at least. And today the 2011 Chevy Volt and the 2011 Nissan Leaf are the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's latest Top Safety Pick winners. The IIHS says both the Volt and the Leaf ace its...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Regulators: Will Future SUVs Compromise Safety For Higher MPG?

It can be argued that through the way vehicles were forced to change in the 1970s and '80s, the federal government turned the American public on to SUVs. Now it's looking for ways to wean us off that addiction—so quickly that it might affect the improvements we've made in safety in recent...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»

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