crash tests

2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Five-Star Scores Confirm It's A Safety Leader
2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Five-Star Scores Confirm It's A Safety Leader

A full range of U.S. crash-test results for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze are now officially available, and just as GM had anticipated, this new compact sedan gets top scores in each test—including, now, an excellent five-star overall rating from the federal government. Actually, the 2011...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer Named An IIHS Top Safety Pick

For the first time ever, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the Ford Explorer its Top Safety Pick Designation—meaning that the Explorer has achieved top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear-impact tests, as well as 'good' roof strength results, from the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 IIHS Top Safety Picks Highlight Roof-Protection Improvements

Ten all-new vehicles including the 2011 Ford Explorer, 2011 Kia Optima, and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze earn Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Status right from the start, while a total of 66 vehicles earn the distinction for 2011. Automakers with the most Top Safety Picks...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Gets Impressive Front And Side Safety Ratings

The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi now has one positive: good front and side crash-test results. The Kizashi is already one of our top sedan picks if you happen to be on a very tight budget and don't quite need a mid-size to large sedan as large as the Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata. The Car Connection has...Read More»

2011 Mazda3
2011 Honda CR-Z, Kia Soul, Mazda3: Not Quite Five-Star Safety

As part of the latest round of crash-test results released by the federal government last week, two small-car models—the 2011 Kia Soul and 2011 Mazda3—earned a four-star rating overall, while the new Honda CR-Z hybrid received a three-star score. In the new federal frontal barrier test...Read More»

2011 Toyota Tacoma
Three 2011 Pickups Rated For Safety: Silverado, Ram, Tacoma

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 still look like very good bets for the safety-conscious, while the 2011 Ram 1500 could cause some hesitation depending on how you read the ratings. Those observations come from the latest group of results released from the federal government's...Read More»

2011 Honda Accord Sedan
2011 Honda Accord, GM Crossovers Given Five-Star Safety Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which oversees the federal government's vehicle crash-test program, has added a few more results to its set of completely revamped (and retested) 2011 model-year ratings. And for all the models added this time—the 2011 Buick Enclave...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta IIHS crash tests
IIHS: Some Replacement Bumpers Protect Like Originals, Others Don't

Aftermarket repair parts are almost always much cheaper than original-equipment (OEM) parts, so if you're in a minor fender-bender, going with a budget replacement part—like a bumper—instead can be tempting. But there's a lot to be wary of. Turns out, many parts don't comply completely...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze crash test
New Crash-Test Ratings: At First Look, Which Models Fare Best?

The first of the tougher new crash-test ratings from the federal government have rolled in. And there are a few surprises. As expected, the ratings aren't so overly optimistic. It's an about-face, as over the past several years, automakers had few problems meeting the requirements for top...Read More»

IIHS tests Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs Smart Fortwo
Are Larger, Heavier Cars Safer Than Smaller, Lighter Ones?

Small cars are now offering some of the same safety equipment as larger cars: electronic stability control, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and active headrests are no longer the domain of larger, pricier cars. So it seems like a natural question for new-car-shopping newbies: Are small cars...Read More»

2011 Buick Regal
2011 Buick Regal: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

GM's new 2011 Buick Regal has earned the top safety accolade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Its Top Safety Pick status confirms top scores in front, side, and rear impact, as well as the new rollover (roof crush test). The latter, which measures the maximum force sustained...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
2011 Kia Sportage: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2011 Kia Sportage has been recognized as one of the safest new vehicles on the market; it's earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In order to be named a Top Safety Pick, a model must earn top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear crash tests...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M37
2011 Cadillac CTS, 2011 Infiniti M Earn 'Top Safety Pick' Status

If you're limiting your luxury sedan search only to the safest models on the market, you have two new options. The 2011 Cadillac CTS and the 2011 Infiniti M37 and M56 have joined the ranks of the safest vehicles on the market, garnering the much-vaunted Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance...Read More»

2010 Cadillac SRX
2010 Cadillac SRX Named A Top Safety Pick

The 2010 Cadillac SRX—the luxury brand's mid-size crossover utility vehicle—has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. A top score in the new IIHS rollover (roof-crush) test assures the award. While the SRX had already earned top 'good' ratings for frontal...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze crash test
Feds: 55 Models For 2011 To Be Tested For Revamped 5-Star Ratings

For safety-conscious car shoppers, it's been more than a little daunting over the past couple of model years to tell the difference between the safest models on the market and those that are merely good. Every automaker, it seems, has a five-star rating to boast about, and almost every vehicle, it...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
2010 Lexus HS250h And Suzuki Kizashi: Top Safety Fail?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its latest test results—of two sedans, the hybrid 2010 Lexus HS250h and the almost-mid-size 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, for its new roof-crush test. And it's not all good news this time. Both the HS250h and the Kizashi were given the...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Grand Cherokee A Top Safety Pick; Crosstour 'Disappointing'

Depending on which utility vehicle you choose, you might be getting vastly different degrees of roof protection in the event of a rollover. That's the surprising result of that a new round of tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) serves to highlight. First, the good news: In...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
2011 Toyota Sienna, Avalon Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

Toyota's seen a lot of scrutiny in recent months for its numerous safety-related recalls. But it should also be commended for earning top marks for occupant protection. In the latest round of crash-testing, two new 2011-model-year Toyota vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick designation from the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze crash test
With The Idea That Safety Sells, Crash Testing Has Grown Up

Safety sells vehicles. It sounds like a given now, but not too many years back most automakers would explain that safety alone doesn't sell a car but features or performance do. Over the past ten years, thanks to a heightened awareness of crash-test results—from the IIHS and NHTSA in the...Read More»

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