Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released another batch of 2012 model-year crash-test ratings today. Under the stricter guidelines, the new 2012 Honda Civic and 2012 Hyundai Elantra each earned five-star composite safety scores.
NHTSA's composite scores are composed of five-star ratings for frontal, rollover and side pole and barrier tests. The side pole test, which is new, simulates a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the driver's side A-pillar.
The 2012 Ford F-250 Super Crew also was tested, receiving an overall four-star rating.
The Civic and Elantra join the Chevy Sonic, Volkswagen Passat, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac SRX, Saab 9-4X, Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, Kia Sportage (all-wheel drive), Toyota Camry and Volvo S60 as the only vehicles to earn five-star composite scores for 2012.
NHTSA said it will test 74 vehicles for the 2012 model year, including 42 passenger cars, 22 SUVs/crossovers, eight pickup trucks and two minivans, representing 81% of the 2012 models by sales volume. At this point, NHTSA has released information on more than 60 models.