Buying the new car? Even if it is not your top priority, you will want to at least ...
Buying the new car? Even if it is not your top priority, you will want to at least take safety ratings into account. Luckily there are organizations dedicated to crash-testing every new vehicle on the market and telling you how safe they are as the result.
Two of those organizations have just performed their latest round of testing, and awarding their top ratings to several new models – highlighting which ones didn’t make the cut, and why.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the array of large sedans, pinning Top Safety Pick+ ribbons to a Lincoln Continental, Mercedes E-Class, and Toyota Avalon.
In fact optional headlights on the Benz earn the highest score of any headlights IIHS has rated, which is a heck of the endorsement from the body that pays particular attention to illumination.
The Tesla Model S, however, missed out once again on a highest honors after the crash-test dummy’s head struck a steering wheel through the airbag in a small overlap test. The IIHS attributes the problem to a seatbelt, whose design Tesla modified, and still failed to hold up.
There were also some concerns over deformation of a front structure where additional batteries are found in the high-performance variants. The Tesla’s headlights didn’t perform particularly well, either.
Neither the Chevy Impala nor a Ford Taurus performed well enough in the crash and headlight testing to earn top ratings, either.
Meanwhile, Europe’s New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) evaluated several new models as well and handed the number of them five-star ratings – including the several large sedans like the Volkswagen Arteon and the Opel Insignia.
However the couple of smaller hatchbacks also earned five stars – namely a Seat Ibiza and Hyundai i30 – as did Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The Honda Civic, somewhat surprisingly, and earned only four stars, let down by lower-than-expected protection offered to children. And a Ford Mustang, though improved from last year’s two-star rating, and still only earned three stars for 2017 – despite the five-star rating from the NHTSA in America.
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