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2011 Chevrolet Volt: Top Safety Ratings From Both U.S. Agencies
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»

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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»

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»

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»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
IIHS: Vehicle Pedestrian Detection Could Save Thousands Of Lives

Building better-marked crosswalks and intersections, improving sidewalks, and adding traffic-light countdown timers and clear pedestrian right-of-ways all make a significant difference in safety on foot. But these solutions come with their own significant price tags and are subject to the agreement...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 300
Five Affordable, Comfortable 2011 Large Sedans

When is comfort more important than on a long family road trip? For that matter, if you’re looking for room to stretch out and be able to enjoy the scenery – and family conversation -- in something other than a crossover, wagon or SUV, what are some 2011 sedans that fit the bill without...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
2011-2012 Volvo S60 Named Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the 2011 Volvo S60 its Top Safety Pick award, recognizing its top performance in frontal, side, rear, and rollover (roof strength) tests. The new S60, which was introduced this past fall, gets top 'good' scores in all subcategories of...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Quick Drive and Live Photos
Finding The Right Car For Your Teen Driver

Everyone has to start driving sometime, and when it’s your teen that’s begging for wheels you need to be prepared with a solid strategy for finding the right car for your new driver. Okay, so some teens have been driving safely for a while and now you’ve determined that it makes...Read More»

2011 Mazda3
2011 Mazda3 Named An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just tested the Mazda3 for roof strength, and whether you choose the hatchback or the sedan, this small-car model achieves a top 'good' rating from the insurance-industry-supported safety agency. And, it's now a Top Safety Pick. In hatchback...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
GM, Honda, MINI: Five New Additions To IIHS 2011 Top Safety Picks

Anytime family cars receive top safety accolades is good news for consumers looking for safe family transportation choices. As part of continuing testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has added five vehicles to its list of 2011 Top Safety Picks. The additions include a trio of...Read More»

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