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Ford And Toyota Trucks Earn Safety Awards

A while ago the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began testing roof strength as part of their program. A vehicle can not gain the Top Safety Pick award without its roof being able to withstand four times its weight before crushing by five inches. This is called rollover crash testing.

The Ford F-150 was able to withstand 4.7 times its weight. This only applies to trucks built after February 2011 when Ford made improvements to the roof strength. The Toyota Tundra withstood 4.5 times its own weight.

In addition to the roof strength testing, a top Safety Pick has to garner top ratings in frontal-offset, side-impact, and rear crash tests. These are the first trucks to earn the award since the IIHS included roof strength in its testing regimen.  Makes them seem like pretty appealing buys, no?  Why not check local Ford F-150 financing deals in your area.  Alternatively, you could go for a Toyota Tundra lease.  In either case, you will be getting a truck that a mid-size truck that offers heavy-duty safety.


Another First For The Nissan Leaf

We are all familiar with the Top Safety Pick awards given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Now the Nissan Leaf is familiar with the award as well, becoming the first all-electric car to receive the accolade.

In order to earn the top spot,  vehicles must earn the highest rating of ‘Good’ in IIHS testing for front, rear and side impact protection. A vehicle must also receive a rating of ‘Good’ for roof strength and have electronic stability control.

The Nissan Leaf is in pretty rarefied air. All electric vehicles are beginning to shed many of their stereotypes and this marks the beginning of the end for another one.

Ford Top Safety Picks

Another Top Safety Pick For Ford

Ford has been tucking away Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick awards in 2011 like mad. So far this year they have earned 10 of the awards. The Ford Edge is the latest to join the list.

Other Ford models to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award for 2011 are:

  1. Explorer
  2. Taurus
  3. Fusion
  4. Fiesta
  5. Flex
  6. Lincoln MKS
  7. Lincoln MKT
  8. Lincoln MKX
  9. Lincoln MKZ

To earn the award, a vehicle must receive the top rating of “Good” for offset frontal, side, and rear impact crash tests. As well as roof strength evaluations and must offer electronic stability control. The award should continue to fuel the hot sales of the Edge through the remainder of the year. So keep a look for any one of these great Fords at your nearest buy here pay here car lots.


Ford And Lincoln Mid-Size Crossovers Earn Top Safety Pick

The Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX were both recently awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick in their category.

In order to win the Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS a vehicle must earn the rating of Good for front, side, and rear impact as well as rollover strength. The vehicle must be equipped with electronic stability control as well. Both vehicles are able to withstand in excess of four times their weight on a roof crushing test.  With such outstanding safety features, these two crossovers are prime candidates for new auto loans.  In fact, Ford and Lincoln both have several models that have earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick award this year. Congratulations on a job well done.

For more information, check out the IIHS ratings for each:  Edge crash ratings and MKX crash ratings.


Hyundai Earns Another Top Safety Pick Award

The 2011 Hyundai Equus earned the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award in the large luxury vehicle category.

To earn the award a vehicle must have electronic stability control, as well as earn the top rating of Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. In testing the Equus, the vehicle demonstrated a low risk of major injury during a 40-mph frontal-offset crash. The driver’s and rear passenger’s heads were protected from a 3,300-pound deformable barrier traveling at 31 mph during side impact testing. Rollover testing concentrates on a vehicle’s ability to withstand roof crushing forces equal to four times its weight. The Equus can withstand 4.87 times its weight.

The Equus makes the fifth Top Safety Pick awarded to Hyundai this year. We reported on the Hyundai Sonata safety not long ago.  Not bad for a vehicle given the Latin name for horse.

Mazda 3 Safety

Mazda 3 A Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its highest honor of Top Safety Pick to the 2011 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback. To earn the award the 3 had to score ‘good’ on front, side, and rear impact crash tests, in addition to scoring ‘good’ for roof strength.

Mazda’s commitment to safety has led the company to make many safety features standard, including six airbags, anti-lock brakes, Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System, front and rear stabilizer bars, a crushable brake and accelerator pedal, a collapsible steering column, three-point safety belts for all occupants, and front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters.

With its myriad safety components, it is easy to see how Mazda scored so well on the IIHS tests. Hopefully, 2011 will be the start of a long line of Top Safety Picks for the company. Why not check out Mazda 3 financing deals in your area?


NHTSA Best Safety Performers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases its list of top rated cars for safety in each class every year. This year, like many years, there were several surprises.

The NHTSA rated cars this year on frontal- and side-impact crash tests and rollover-resistence evaluations including resistance to roof crushing.

It would be impossible to give you a complete list of all the cars evaluated, so here are the cars in several classes that received 5 out of 5 stars.

Small car

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Toyota Prius

Midsize cars

  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima

Luxury cars

  • BMW 5 series


  • Acura MDX
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Buick Enclave
  • GMC Acadia


  • Honda Odyssey


  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • GMC Sierra Crewcab

You can see that a few of the cars that you thought would be listed aren’t and a few you never would have thought of are.  Check here for new car quotes for any of these top safety models – online!

Volvo S60 Safety

Familiar Name Tops In Safety

Volvo is a name that has long been synonymous with safety. This year is no different. The 2011-12 Volvo S60 received ‘Top Safety Pick’ cudos in the midsize luxury/near-luxury category from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Requirements for the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award include receiving the top rating of Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests and having electronic stability control. Tests on the S60 demonstrate a low risk of significant injury in a 40-mph frontal-offset crash, well controlled head movement during a crash, and that during a side-impact the driver’s and rear passenger’s heads were protected from a 3,300 lbs deformable barrier traveling at 31 mph.

The ‘Top Safety Pick’  is not a stranger to Volvo. Four other models received the same award in different categories. What else needs to be said about Volvo quality?  Check here for Volvo S60 lease deals – and know you’re in one of the safest cars on the road.

IIHS Top Safety Picks

5 New Additions To The IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’ Honor Roll

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently added five models to its list of 2011 ‘Top Safety Picks. All five would qualify as family cars by any standards.

General Motors was able to clean up by having three of its offerings on the list. The Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia were rated tops in front crash and side impact tests, head restraint design, and more stringent roof-crush tests. The Honda Odyssey received the same ratings along with the Mini Cooper Clubman. The Clubman is the first Mini offering to receive top rankings from the IIHS.

The ratings have been pretty fluid this year because of new roof crush standards required by the federal government. Despite these new regulations, these five models are a great choices to insure the safety and welfare of your family.  Check out Chevy Traverse leases and GMC Acadia financing deals.