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Latest 2013 Models Shine in Safety Tests

Over 40 new and redesigned cars, trucks and SUVs are being introduced for the 2013 model year. That's more than 15 percent of the 2013 new car market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have begun testing these vehicles, and many perform well in crash tests. Kicking Tires reports that NHTSA released scores for a small batch of new and redesigned models, and they earn good scores. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT ... continue reading»

Tags: News, IIHS, NHTSA, Ford Escape, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Mazda CX 5, Safety scores

IIHS Announces More Stringent Front-Impact Vehicle Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety unveiled its new small overlap frontal crash test this morning, which is designed to see how well a car performs in front-impact crash tests where the front corner of the car hits an object. The IIHS crashed midsize luxury and near-luxury cars in the new test, which simulates hitting a tree or pole, by sending them at 40 mph toward a 5-foot-tall solid barrier. “Nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash ... continue reading»

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BMW 3-Series, Chevrolet Malibu Earn NHTSA's Top Safety Rating

The 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Eco received five-star overall safety ratings from the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan earned five out of five stars in side crash tests and rollover risk tests, and four stars in front crash tests. While the 2012 3-Series coupe and convertible haven’t been thoroughly tested, they did receive five stars in rollover tests. “The 3 Series joins about 15 other ... continue reading»

Tags: IIHS, NHTSA, BMW 3 Series, Chevrolet Malibu, Model News, Safety scores

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

If you’re shopping for a safe crossover SUV, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport should be on your list because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named it a Top Safety Pick.   The Outlander Sport is in its second year of production, but the 2011 model wasn’t a Top Safety Pick. To receive the 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick award, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport had to receive the highest score of “Good” in front, side, rollover and ... continue reading»

Tags: NHTSA, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Safety scores

Small Cars Earn Top Safety Ratings

The 2012 Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra earned the highest overall safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, the 2012 Nissan Versa was recently named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS categorizes the Versa sedan as a minicar. Only four other minicars are 2012 Top Safety Picks, including the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and four-door Toyota Yaris. IIHS Top Safety Picks are vehicles that ... continue reading»

Tags: IIHS, NHTSA, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Versa, Model News, Safety scores

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