crash tests

BMW's Chinese Partner Isn't So Brilliant, Pulls Out Of Europe
BMW's Chinese Partner Isn't So Brilliant, Pulls Out Of Europe

Yes, China is on track to become the world's largest single car market. And yes, one or more native Chinese carmakers will likely become fully competitive in the global market within 10 or 20 years--as Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota have done over time. But there will be fits and starts along the way...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Makes The Global Safety Honor Roll

Small-car safety especially has come a long way. And while, by driving a smaller, lighter vehicle you'll still be at a disadvantage in certain situations, some of today's small cars with top marks—like the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze—can assure the security of a much larger vehicle. As we...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte
2010 Kia Forte Retested, Named An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2010 Kia Forte is one of our best-rated small cars here at TheCarConnection.com, and it just earned another accolade: Top Safety Pick. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation applies only to Forte models produced after October 2009, when Kia made some...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner Limited
Infiniti M, Lexus HS 250h, Toyota 4Runner Ace IIHS Crash Tests

From the latest round of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, three models that are all-new this year have been given excellent ratings for frontal and/or side-impact safety. The all-new 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid achieved the best 'good' scores in all of the...Read More»

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

The all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—indicating that it's among the safest mid-size sedan choices on the market. Beginning with 2010, it became tougher than before to get the much-vaunted bragging right, as the...Read More»

Airbags
IIHS: Newer Frontal Airbags Compromising Protection?

We always think of safety features as progressing forward, but that isn't always the case. In a new research paper, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that the latest generation of frontal airbags isn't doing as good of a job protecting drivers who have belted up as the generation...Read More»

2010 Nissan Frontier
2010 Nissan Frontier: Only Small Pickup With Strong Roof Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated five small and mid-size pickups and found that roof-crush protection isn't so good overall. The only truck of the five tested to earn the top rating of 'good'—just barely—was the 2010 Nissan Frontier (also sold, structurally similar...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
2010 Ford Mustang Convertible Makes Good On Safety…This Time

The 2010 Ford Mustang Convertible has now achieved top 'good' ratings from the IIHS in both frontal offset and side impact tests. This is a retest for the Mustang; an original IIHS test of the 2010 model—applying to cars built before January (2010)—soundly flunked the ragtop 'Stang in the...Read More»

IIHS side crash test of 2004-2006 Toyota Prius
Side Pole Crash-Test Part Of Tougher NHTSA Ratings For 2011

To put it bluntly, crash-test results in their present state can be frustrating for shoppers. Take a look either at crash-test ratings from the federal government or from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and you’re bound to be confused by the sheer number of vehicles that have...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy: Better Bumpers Cut Repair Costs, Says IIHS

The stylish and delicate-looking front and rear bumper areas of most new vehicles are, just as they appear, damage-prone and expensive to fix, even from minor parking-lot-speed impacts. However the new 2010 Subaru Legacy fares well; in the latest round of bumper evaluations from the Insurance...Read More»

2010 Dodge Avenger
Neck Injuries Poised To Drop Thanks To New Law—And New Seats

If you consider safety one of the top priorities in your next new-car purchase—as you should—and are carefully combing through features and occupant protection ratings, you're in for a pleasant surprise: There are a lot more models designated Top Safety Picks this year from the Insurance...Read More»

2010 Nissan Versa
2010 Nissan Versa: A Top Safety Pick For Around $10,000

The 2010 Nissan Versa has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. The Versa’s scores aren’t quite perfect though. It earned a rating of just ‘acceptable’ in the head/neck injury category, with a ‘good’ score in the rest of the subcategories. Also in...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
2010 Buick LaCrosse Gets Top Crash-Test Scores

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released new crash-test results and ratings for the mid-size 2010 Buick LaCrosse sedan. The newly redesigned Buick LaCrosse earned perfect ‘good’ scores all around, in frontal, side, and rear tests plus all subcategories, with the IIHS...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 1959 Chevy Bel Air
Head-On Crash: 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs ’59 Bel Air

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air has been crashed into a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu—in a head-on frontal-offset test, at 40 mph. The result is not only interesting viewing for our inner gawkers; it's a lesson in how...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
New Top Safety Picks: 2010 Journey, MKT, and Mazda3

Three new sets of crash-test results released late this week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) appear to leave very little, if any, room for improvement. All three of these vehicles—the 2010 Dodge Journey, 2010 Lincoln MKT, and 2010 Mazda Mazda3—achieved top ratings in all...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy and Outback Named Top Safety Picks

The completely redesigned 2010 Subaru Legacy and 2010 Subaru Outback—which we've reported on extensively this summer—also now have the honor of being named among the safest vehicles in their class. They've both been given the Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway...Read More»

Hummer in Sage, Arkansas, after February 2008 tornado - Weather Channel photo by bsusi1031
Whatever You Did To Your Car, Mother Nature Did Worse

We have friends who are weather fans, or weather fiends. They reload storm maps obsessively, and converse in the language of descending fronts and scattered sprinkles. We are not those people. We just get rained on occasionally. But even we were drawn into the Weather Channel's website by its...Read More»

Volvo safety test driver, 1959
Crash Testing In The Old Days: Volvo Safety Video

Last Thursday was the 50th birthday of the three-point safety harness, invented by Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin. After we ran an item to commemorate the event, we got a nice note from the UK offering us a video clip with some Volvo safety history. The video turns out to have wonderful...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro NCAP frontal crash test
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Hits The Wall: Just 4 Stars In NCAP Testing

Few of us plan on being in a car accident. Even fewer plan on causing one. But we all like to know that if we do end up in a collision, we'll be protected by the car we so carefully chose. Early buyers of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro might be re-thinking their purchase right now. The NHTSA's New Car...Read More»

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