Since you've landed at TheCarConnection.com, you're probably trying to figure out which is the most stylish, quick, comfortable and feature-laden vehicle on the planet. Our editors have done that work for you with totally comprehensive reviews and ratings. Right? Right.
But when it comes to safety, the picture's a little cloudy thanks to all kinds of ratings from different agencies. Take rollover ratings, for example. Your car, truck or SUV gets rated by the Feds on its propensity to go "roofing" in a crash. It's like surfing, but with more broken glass. You get that--but the number-crunchers in D.C. break down rollover ratings by some difficult math involving "static stability" and something called a "fishhook test." Whatevs! Math is hard!
We're here to help. This chart puts some real "star" faces on the "star" ratings of five 2009 model-year vehicles, to give you a real-world scale to judge your new vehicle's rollover potential. Homeland Security's color chart has nothing on us! And hopefully, neither do the libel lawyers.
Here's our easy-to-scan chart of rollover stability--illustrated with the celebs like Amy Winehouse, Dakota Fanning and Britney Spears that drive the point home in their unique way.