Car Safety

2020 Toyota Highlander crossover earns Top Safety Pick award
2020 Toyota Highlander crossover earns Top Safety Pick award

The redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander is a Top Safety Pick even with tougher criteria for the latest model year, the IIHS announced Thursday. The three-row crossover SUV aced all six crash tests, and its ability to avoid forward collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians was rated "Superior."...Read More»

2020 Mazda CX-30
2020 Mazda CX-30 earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 small crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS when equipped with certain headlights, the automaker announced Friday. New for 2020, the CX-30 earned "Good" ratings on all six crash tests performed by the non-profit safety agency, which for 2020 instituted more...Read More»

Cadillac Super Cruise
Driver assistance systems need more human intervention, IIHS urges

Driver assistance systems such as Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise lull drivers into a false sense of security and can increase the risk of a crash, the IIHS found in a report released Thursday. In the wake of high-profile fatalities caused by drivers using driver assistance systems...Read More»

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid nabs Top Safety Pick award

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid joins the conventional CR-V in earning a 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, the automaker announced Tuesday. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid earned top "Good" ratings in all six crash tests, and a "Superior" rating in front crash prevention with both other vehicles and...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3 - Best Car To Buy 2020
2020 Mazda 3 aces NHTSA crash testing

The 2020 Mazda 3 earned a top five-star rating in each of three crash tests from the NHTSA, the agency announced on February 28. Earlier in the year the IIHS awarded it a Top Safety Pick+. The top marks in federal and independent crash testing make the compact sedan and hatchback among the safest...Read More»

Honda safety demonstration
Pedestrian deaths reach 30-year high in 2019

Pedestrian deaths caused by drivers increased 50% in the past decade, according to a report released last month from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Moreover, the 6,590 pedestrian deaths forecast for 2019 represents a 5% spike from 2018, and is the highest number of deaths in more than 30...Read More»

2020 Audi A6
2020 Audi A7, Q8 earn Top Safety Pick award; A6 gets Top Safety Pick+

Three 2020 Audi models aced crash tests and earned top safety honors from the IIHS, the nation's most rigorous crash-test safety organization, the automaker announced last week. The 2020 Audi A6 mid-size luxury sedan led the pack with highest honors and a Top Safety Pick+ award due to its better...Read More»

2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD kicks up snow at the Winter Driving Encounter in Winter Park, CO.
Get a grip: These all-wheel-drive vehicles handle ice and snow

For drivers in cold and wet weather states, the availability of all-wheel drive can drive car shopping decisions. Is AWD worth the upcharge over front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles? And are crossover SUVs the only option? We tested six popular models in a snow-filled parking lot at 9,000 feet above...Read More»

2020 Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS
IIHS awards safest cars for 2020

The bar has been raised for vehicle safety in 2020. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Thursday stricter criteria in awarding its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ honors to 2020 models. Of the 219 new models evaluated, only 64 earned TSP ratings, and only 23 of those earned...Read More»

IIHS tests pedestrian detection in 2020 Nissan Maxima
Automatic emergency braking is standard on more cars, but domestic automakers lag

Some of the world’s top automakers have made life-saving technology known as automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard equipment on new vehicles in the U.S., three years early. The rare voluntary cooperation among 20 automakers was announced in 2015 with a target to make AEB standard on most...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500 crash test, via IIHS
IIHS toughens criteria for Top Safety Pick awards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will toughen safety standards for its coveted Top Safety Pick awards, the insurance-funded group announced Wednesday. But those standards include pricier equipment, such as LED headlights, that cost more for new car shoppers. “We’re interested...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3  -  IIHS small overlap frontal crash test
New cars are safer but most owners won't have them for decades, says study

Critical life-saving safety features are arriving to new cars quicker but still take decades to trickle down to a majority of car owners. On Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety-Highway Loss Data Institute reported that an analysis of cars' crashworthiness and safety systems revealed...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Equinox
2020 Chevrolet Equinox earns Top Safety Pick for more standard safety features

The 2020 Chevy Equinox compact crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick award, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported last month. The insurance-industry funded group recognized the high-beam assist feature standard on the 2020 Equinox for improved ratings on its headlight tests, helped...Read More»

2012 Mazda6
Mazda recalls vehicles already recalled and repaired for faulty airbags

Like a Major League Baseball season and the Twitter feeds of narcissists, the Takata airbag fiasco seems never-ending. In paperwork filed with the NHTSA last week, Mazda announced two recalls for cars with passenger front airbag inflators that had already been replaced under a previous recall. The...Read More»

2020 Subaru Outback
2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy earn IIHS safety awards

Subaru's redesigned 2020 Outback wagon and 2020 Legacy sedan both earned safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the advocacy organization announced Friday. The high-riding Outback was recognized with a Top Safety Pick nod, while the four-door Legacy managed to one-up it with...Read More»

2019 Audi E-tron
2019 Audi E-Tron crashes well, scores five stars from the NHTSA

Now that both sets of crash tests have been performed, the 2019 Audi E-Tron can claim to be one of the safest cars on the road. The NHTSA reports that the 2019 E-Tron has earned a five-star overall rating in its series of crash tests. The SUV scored four-star ratings in both frontal-impact tests...Read More»

2020 Lincoln Corsair first drive
2020 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair earn Top Safety Pick nods

Both the 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Lincoln Corsair have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as Top Safety Picks in crashworthiness and collision avoidance testing, the organization announced Friday. The two models aced all of the IIHS crashworthiness tests, earning "Good"...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tacoma
2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab earns Top Safety Pick award

Toyota's mid-size pickup received a 2019 Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization announced earlier this month. The award comes thanks to a new set of optional headlights that boosted it toward the top of the class in safety. While the 2020 Tacoma crew...Read More»

2020 Lexus RX
2020 Lexus RX earns Top Safety Pick due to improved headlights

The 2020 Lexus RX has received a Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to some strategic improvements to its crash structure and an updated set of headlights. For the first time, the 2020 RX swept the insurance watchdog's crashworthiness tests, receiving a...Read More»

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