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  • Crash test ratings explained

    Engineering Explained breaks down the federal government's rating scale and explains how testers arrive at their scores.

  • Crash testing $2M Koenigsegg supercar
    How to crash test a $2 million Koenigsegg hypercar

    Automakers work extensively to ensure occupant safety, and that means crash testing several cars. In the case of supercars, a company like Koenigsegg needs to do things a little differently. Apex One published a video to YouTube on Friday that detailed the process that goes into crash testing the...

  • Rusty cars compromise crash safety
    Rust will compromise your car's safety in a crash

    Rust is never a good thing on a car. Though many simply see rust as a cosmetic issue or an eyesore, the problems go much deeper. Swedish insurance company Folksam and the homeowner organization Villaägarnas Riksförbund published a video showing how much rust compromises a car's...

  • broken guardrail
    Study shows taller guardrails could save lives

    Motorists likely take it for granted, but countless hours of engineering and research go into planning even some of the most mundane components of our transportation system. That includes guardrails lining thousands of miles of U.S. roads. A recent study shows said guardrails may be due for a...

  • 1998 and 2015 Toyota Corolla crash test
    1998 vs 2015 Toyota Corolla crash test is a testament to modern car safety

    Vehicle safety is arguably one of the lesser points looked at when shopping for a car. Consumers simply expect vehicles to be safe and protect occupants at all costs. No one likes to think about a car wreck, after all. The Australian New Car Assessment Program wants to remind drivers how far the...

  • Porsche most grueling functionality test video
    Porsche counts down its top 5 most grueling functionality tests

    Every automaker does its best to ensure the its vehicles are up to snuff for their intended purposes. That includes Porsche, which has been beating its products up for decades at the Weissach Development Center. To cap off the first season of Porsche’s “Top 5” countdowns on...

  • 2014 Scion FR-S - IIHS small front overlap crash test

    Small, lightweight sports cars are unsafe, right? Not necessarily -- proving the right design can be safe whatever the size, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars have just been awarded a 'Top Safety Pick' rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). MUST WATCH: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Hits 246 MPH On Public Road: Video Tested in FR-S guise, both models -- largely identical save for the badge and detail changes to suspension and equipment levels -- achieved the maximum "good" ratings in front moderate overlap, side impact, roof crush and rear impact crash tests...

  • 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Sport
    2014 Infiniti Q50 Gets 5-Star Overall NHTSA Safety Rating

    The 2014 Infiniti Q50 performed well in government crash tests.

  • Audi crash tests
    Safety Is Nothing New For Audi, Company Has Crash-Tested Cars For 75 Years

    Audi predecessor DKW first crash-tested a car in 1938.

  • 2013 Cadillac ATS
    2013 Cadillac ATS Gets Five Stars For Safety From NHTSA

    In case you needed one more reason to shop Cadillac’s BMW 3-Series-fighting compact sedan, the ATS, here it is: the NHTSA has awarded both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants with five stars in rollover, side impact, frontal offset and overall crash testing, based on its latest (and...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series
    2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan, 2013 Acura RDX Get IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards

    Both the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan and the 2013 Acura RDX crossover have earned "Top Safety Pick" designations from the IIHS.

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Side Impact Test
    2012 Fiat 500 Gets Contradictory Safety Ratings

    The 2012 Fiat 500 has received a "Top Safety Pick" from the IIHS, but only a three star rating under new NHTSA crash-testing guidelines.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro scores perfect marks in latest round of NHTSA testing

    Following its latest round of testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro a perfect score in all of its tests, making the modern day muscle car the first vehicle to do so since the latest New Car Assessment Program was introduced in 2011. The latest version of the Camaro, in its coupe bodystyle, scores a perfect five-star rating not only overall but also in the administration's six separate safety evaluations. In addition to the overall rating, they also include frontal barrier crash test ratings for the driver and passenger, side...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Named A Top Safety Pick

    The high-mileage Lexus CT 200h hybrid has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. The CT 200h was among a group of 13 small cars the agency recently tested; of those, six (including the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and Nissan Leaf) received the accolade. Top...

  • 2011 BMW 5-Series (Euro spec)
    2011 BMW 5-Series, Hyundai Sonata Only 5-Star Cars In New NHTSA Ratings

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new, more stringent rating system for 2011 model-year cars. So far the only two cars to get top marks of five stars are the 2011 BMW 5-Series and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Many 2011 models have not yet been released or...

  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

    The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee off-roader has won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award in the Institute's latest round of testing. To qualify, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of "good" in the institute’s front, side, and rear tests and also be fitted with...

  • SLS AMG Crash Test
    Video: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Crash Test

    The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG undergoes crash testing, complete with on-board dummies.

  • 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
    2010 Chevrolet Camaro only rates 4 stars in NHTSA testing

    It's almost a given that modern cars from the major carmakers will be built and designed to achieve maximal crash safety ratings - especially brand-leaders like the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, right? Well, not quite, it seems, as the new muscle car has managed just 4 of 5 stars thanks to...

  • Ford F-150 crash test

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today released its annual list of vehicles that had earned the agency’s coveted 'Top Safety Pick' award, revealing that some major milestones had been achieved. According to the president of the IIHS, Adrian Lund, "Top Safety Pick winners are the top performers in tough front, side, and rear crash tests, and they have electronic stability control, a crucial technology that can help drivers avoid many crashes altogether.” While Ford topped the list with 16 of its vehicles being included, the real celebrations would have been taking...

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