April 16, 2013 - When shopping for a new vehicle, safety should be among the first items on your checklist. Knowing that the vehicle you’re purchasing has maximum safety features is very important, especially since you’ll be spending lots of time in your car, and need to make sure that it can withstand the many possible dangers faced on the highway.
IIHS – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – is a great place to compile a list of safe vehicles, as they evaluate cars and rate their performance by performing crash tests and other evaluations. Here are some vehicles from the IIHS’s 2013 Top Safety Pick awards. These vehicles have been evaluated for safety and have earned outstanding ratings in 4 out of 5 of their standard tests:
Achieved a “Good” rating – which is the best rating available – in moderate overlap, small overlap, side impact, and roof strength test results.
Honda Civic 2 and 4-Door
2013 models of the Honda Civic 2 and 4-door models achieved “Good” ratings in moderate overlap, small overlap, side impact and roof strength test results.
Chrysler 200 4-Door
Achieved a “Good” rating in the moderate overlap, side impact, and roof strength test results. The Chrysler 200 scored “Acceptable” in small overlap test results.
Scored “Good” in moderate overlap, side impact, and roof strength tests. The Avenger scored “Acceptable” in the small overlap test.
The Ford Fusion received “Good” ratings in the moderate overlap, side impact, and roof strength testing. “Acceptable” ratings were given in the small overlap front test.
Safety is a very important factor to consider when shopping for a new car. Ask the salesperson some questions about a vehicle’s safety ratings, or do a little research of your own.