IIHS Crash Tests Point Out Best and Worst

- December 20, 2012

Only two of 18 mid­size fam­i­ly cars earned “good” rat­ings in the new frontal crash test by the Insur­ance Insti­tute of High­way Safe­ty.

Find out who’s on top, and who’s not.

The 2013 Hon­da Accord and Suzu­ki Kiza­shi were the only main­stream mid­size sedans to earn good rat­ings, with the IIHS rat­ing anoth­er 11 mod­els as “accept­able.”

Two cars from Toy­ota land­ed in the “poor” cat­e­go­ry, the insur­ance indus­try-fund­ed orga­ni­za­tion report­ed, the recent­ly redesigned Cam­ry and the new Prius V. In fact, the hybrid mod­el “sus­tained major struc­tur­al dam­age in the test,” the IIHS revealed in a new release.

This was the first time the IIHS had put main­stream sedans through its strin­gent new small over­lap test, designed to sim­u­late what hap­pens if a car hits anoth­er vehi­cle or a road­side object, such as a tele­phone pole or tree.  Safe­ty experts say the test reflects a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of real world crash­es and is like­ly more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of what hap­pens than some ear­li­er bar­ri­er tests.

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