Buying a new car? Even if it is not your top priority, you will at least want to consider the safety evaluations. Fortunately, there are organizations that are dedicated to crash testing every new car on the market and tell you how safe they are as a result.
Two of these organizations have just completed their final test, giving their top ratings to several new models that have not made the cut and why.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a number of major tested sedans, pinning top security pick + tapes to the Lincoln Continental, Mercedes E-Class and Toyota Avalon. In fact, the optional headlights on the Benz “deserve the highest score of all headlights that IIHS has rated”, which is a stern of a confirmation of a body that draws special attention to the lighting.
The Tesla model S, however, missed once again on the highest honors after the crash test dummy head struck the steering wheel through the airbag in the small overlap test. The IIHS writes the problem to the seat belt whose design Tesla modified, but still does not hold. There have also been some concerns about the deformation of the front structure where additional batteries are found in high performance versions. Also the Tesla headlights have not developed very well.
Neither the Chevy Impala nor the Ford Taurus have done well in the crash and spotlight tests to achieve top ratings.
Meanwhile, the new auto-assessment program (Euro NCAP) has evaluated several new models as well as a number of them five-star ratings – including several large sedans like the Volkswagen Arteon and Opel Insignia. But a few smaller rear-door models also earned five stars – the Seat Ibiza and Hyundai i30 – as well as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The Honda Civic, somewhat surprising, earned only four stars, “disappointed by a less than expected protection offered to children.” And the Ford Mustang, although improved from last year’s two-star rating, still earned three stars for 2017 – despite a five-star rating from the NHTSA in America.