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Safe Cars for 2014

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On: Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:05PM | By: Karen Cook

Safe Cars for 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration routinely runs new cars through a series of tests and rates them with stars according to how well they perform. These tests are designed to determine how the occupants of the vehicle will fare in front end crashes along with side impact and rollover crashes. The highest rating given is five stars. If safety is the most important criteria when you are looking for a car, here are some of the top performers for 2014.

The Buick Lacrosse received five stars in the front and side impact tests and four in the rollover test. It comes with eight airbags including a back seat thorax airbag, electronic stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes—all standard.

The Nissan Rogue rated four stars in the front and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side impact test. Front-wheel and all-wheel drive models were tested with equal ratings.

In 2013 the Chevy Malibu received only marginal ratings during testing; some structural changes were made for the 2014 model year which earned them five stars.

The Dodge Charger includes electronic stability control, hill-start assist, rain brake support, ready alert braking, and a driver’s knee airbag to boost its safety rating. They rolled away with five stars in the side impact and rollover tests and four in the front impact test.

The Mazda3 earned five stars in all areas. Safety features include lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

The Volvo S60 also received five stars across the board with collision warning, full auto brake, and cyclist detection systems.

The Tesla Model S rated five stars in all categories even without safety features such as forward collision and lane departure warning systems, which are not available on this vehicle.


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