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BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings

BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings

Two of the most prominent electric cars have missed out on the highest award given for vehicle safety by the influential IIHS: Top Safety Pick+. Funded by the insurance industry, the IIHS—which operates independently of the federal government—says that neither the BMW i3 nor the Tesla... read more

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2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V Small Crossover Utility Gets Highest Safety Scores

The 2016 Honda HR-V crossover has the highest overall safety score for government crash tests. Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-test scores for the Fit-based... read more September 13, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum-Body Pickup: Mixed IIHS Safety Scores

It was one of the biggest questions about the 2015 Ford F-150: How would the truck's aluminum cab and pickup bed fare in today's rigorous safety testing? While aluminum has... read more August 7, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum-Body 2015 Ford F-150 Gets 5-Star NHTSA Rating For Crash Safety

Cutting weight can be one of the most effective tactics to increase fuel economy, but it doesn't necessarily come cheap. The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, with its aluminum body... read more April 16, 2015 by


 
2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore Small SUVs Get IIHS Top Safety Pick Label

General Motors' pair of small crossover utility vehicles has both managed to achieve impressive new safety ratings. The mechanically-identical 2015 Chevrolet Trax and 2015... read more February 12, 2015 by


 
2015 Honda Fit EX-L Navi, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2014

2015 Honda Fit Gets Highest Safety Rating From NHTSA

It's sometimes assumed that small cars are less safe than larger vehicles, but the 2015 Honda Fit proves that a small footprint and good safety ratings aren't mutually... read more February 4, 2015 by


 
2012 Tesla Model S body-in-white

How To Boost Efficiency: Lighter Cars That Carry More People

Efficiency is a many-splendored thing, and cutting vehicle weight has multiple beneficial effects. A lighter car requires less energy to move, meaning engine output can be... read more December 22, 2014 by


 
2015 Honda Fit  -  First Drive

2015 Honda Fit: Early Models To Get Better Bumpers For Crash Safety Boost

The 2015 Honda Fit subcompact just recently went on sale, but it's already received a significant update. Honda has strengthened the bumper-beam welds, and now it will... read more August 22, 2014 by


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt - IIHS small front overlap crash test

IIHS Tests Small Cars On Small Overlap: Volt Does OK, Leaf 'Struggles'

One of the toughest crash tests a car can face is the new small-frontal-overlap, introduced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2012. By crashing a vehicle so... read more July 31, 2014 by


 
2013 Chevrolet Spark IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test.

Very Small Cars Fail New IIHS Small-Overlap Frontal Crash Test

People like to joke that old American cars must be very safe because of the sheer amount of metal surrounding the driver, but that's oversimplification. At least, in most... read more January 22, 2014 by


 
2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

2014 Toyota Prius Safety Rating Lowered To Four Stars From Five

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with evolving government regulations. The 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid has just been downgraded from five stars to four under the Federal New Car... read more January 12, 2014 by


 
George Blankenship  -  Tesla Motors

Bad Day For Tesla: Sales VP Blankenship Out, NHTSA Threat

There must be days where Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk feels his multiple burdens more acutely than others. Today may be one, because yesterday was not a good day for Tesla... read more November 22, 2013 by


 
Subaru Outback in IIHS frontal crash prevention system test.

IIHS Unveils First Frontal-Crash Protection Ratings; 13 Of 74 High-Rated

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is now rating frontal-crash prevention systems. The IIHS says it decided to test these systems, which automatically... read more September 30, 2013 by


 
NHTSA Tesla Model S crash test (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)

2013 Tesla Model S Crash Tests: What Cars To Compare It To?

Earlier this week, trumpets were blown for Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], whose Model S luxury electric sedan attained the highest-ever rating in the National Highway Traffic... read more August 24, 2013 by


 
NHTSA Tesla Model S crash test (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)

NHTSA Rebukes Tesla Over Non-Existent "5.4-Star" Safety Rating

Small and startup companies often resort to attention-getting publicity to further their causes. Occasionally they get their wrist slapped for overreaching. And that's what... read more August 22, 2013 by


 
NHTSA Tesla Model S crash test (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)

Tesla Models S Gets Highest Safety-Test Score Ever Awarded By NHTSA

The Tesla Model S is no stranger to awards and high scores, but its latest accolade could be its most important yet. Its five-star National Highway Traffic Safety... read more August 20, 2013 by


 

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