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2014 Honda Odyssey First Minivan to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

2014 Honda Odyssey The 2014 Honda Odyssey was just named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It is the first minivan to earn that award. To be named a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn the top rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear impact tests, and at least Acceptable in the small overlap front test. IIHS gives ratings of Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor. No other minivans listed on the ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, IIHS, Model News, crash test, top safety pick

New Silverado and Sierra Earn Five-Star Safety Rating

2014 Chevrolet Silverado safety The fully redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 have been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both the Silverado and Sierra earned five stars in the overall, front and side crash categories and four stars in rollover. So far, the only models tested have been rear- and four-wheel drive crew cab models. Regular and extended cab models haven’t been made available for crash testing yet. General Motors says in a statement ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, NHTSA, Full Size Pickup Trucks, Model News, 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 GMC Sierra

Tesla Model S 5.4-Star Safety Rating Claim Called into Question

2013 Tesla Model S Tesla released a statement Monday saying its all-electric Model S set a “new NHTSA vehicle safety score record.” The automaker claims that not only did the Model S earn the highest five-star rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s front, side and rollover tests, but that it also actually scored higher than five stars overall. “NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety ... continue reading»

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Tesla Model S Crash Tested, Earns Five Stars

Tesla Model S Buying a Tesla Model S may seem like a leap of faith. After all, Tesla is a new automaker selling a new model that runs on new technology. However, the Model S’s five-star crash test rating, released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week, shows that, when it comes to safety, Tesla can compete with the major manufacturers. The five-star rating is NHTSA’s highest. Tesla earned a five-star overall rating, as well as five-star ratings ... continue reading»

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Honda Civic Aces Newer IIHS Front Crash Test

2013 Honda Civic IIHS test The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated small cars in its latest round of crash testing, and half of the 12 models tested were named Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles. The highest rating of Good was earned only by the 2013 Honda Civic sedan and coupe. The second highest rating of Acceptable went to the 2014 Scion tC, 2013 Hyundai Elantra, 2013 Ford Focus and 2013 Dodge Dart. The IIHS put the small cars through its newer small overlap frontal ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, crash test ratings

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