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NHTSA Announces Model Year 2013 Vehicles to be Rated Under Government 5-Star Safety Ratings Program

Vehicles represent 85 percent of all MY 2013 vehicles sold in the U.S., to be tested as part of tougher safety ratings program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced the lineup of model year 2013 passenger vehicles that will be tested as part of the agency’s 5-star safety ratings program. The ratings provide car buyers with comprehensive safety information when shopping for a new or used vehicle.

“Safety is a major factor for consumers shopping for a new or used vehicle,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “For American car buyers, our 5-star safety ratings program serves as one of the most trusted and reliable resources to help them select the safest vehicles in the marketplace.”

Every year, NHTSA tests vehicles with the highest sales volumes and compares them, using star ratings, to highlight which vehicles go above and beyond what is federally required. Under the updated ratings program – More Stars. Safer Cars. – one star represents the lowest score and five stars represents the highest. Starting with model year 2011, the agency updated its program, adding an overall rating, a new pole test for side crashes and improved crash test dummies including small-statured female crash test dummies.

The program encourages automakers to improve crash protection and develop even safer vehicles in order to achieve a coveted government 5-star safety rating. It also highlights advanced safety features, including forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems, which manufacturers are voluntarily installing in vehicles to help prevent crashes. The program recently received international acclaim, with NHTSA earning a Global NCAP Safety Award in May 2012 for establishing the world’s first consumer-driven auto safety ratings program in 1978.

“For more than 30 years, NHTSA’s 5-star safety ratings program has not only served as a guide for safety-conscious consumers, it has encouraged auto makers to strive for ever-greater safety improvements with each succeeding model year,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “The selection of model year 2013 vehicles announced today represents a major milestone for the revamped program, ensuring that our test again covers approximately 85 percent of the new model year vehicles available for sale in the U.S.”

NHTSA will rate 54 vehicles for the 2013 model year, including 33 passenger cars, 16 sport utility vehicles, one van, and four pickups. The program’s crash tests will provide consumer safety information on approximately 85 percent of model year 2013 vehicles sold in the United States, while rollover tests will provide information on 92 percent of the 2013 fleet.

As the vehicles are tested, the results will be posted online. In addition, a number of model year 2013 vehicles had carry-over designs from the previous model year or have already been tested, and these ratings are currently posted online at the agency’s dedicated auto safety web site, www.safercar.gov.

The list of vehicles selected for crash and rollover testing in model year 2013 is as follows.

Model Year 2013 Vehicles Selected for the 5-Star Safety Rating Tests
PASSENGER CARS

Make

Model

Body Style

Acura

ILX

4DR

Audi

A4

4DR

Buick

Verano

4DR

Cadillac

ATS

4DR

Cadillac

XTS

4DR

Chevrolet

Malibu

4DR

Dodge

Challenger

2DR

Dodge

Dart

4DR

Fiat

500

3HB

Ford

CMAX Energi

5HB

Ford

CMAX HEV

5HB

Ford

Focus

4DR

Ford

Focus BEV

5HB

Ford

Fusion

4DR

Ford

Fusion Energi

4DR

Ford

Taurus

4DR

Honda

Accord

2DR

Honda

Accord

4DR

Honda

Civic

2DR

Honda

Civic

4DR

Infiniti

M37

4DR

Lexus

ES350

4DR

Lexus

IS250

4DR

Mercedes-Benz

C-Class

4DR

Nissan

Altima

4DR

Nissan

Leaf

5HB

Nissan

Sentra

4DR

Subaru

Impreza

SW

Subaru

Legacy

4DR

Toyota

Avalon

4DR

Toyota

Prius C

5HB

Toyota

Prius v

SW

Volkswagen

Beetle

2DR

PICKUP TRUCKS

Make

Model

Body Style

Chevrolet

Silverado 2500

PU/EC

Ram

1500

PU/CC

Ram

1500 Quad Cab

PU/EC

Toyota

Tacoma

PU/EC

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES & VANS

Make

Model

Body Style

BMW

X5

SUV

Chevrolet

Traverse

SUV

Ford

Escape

SUV

Ford

Explorer

SUV

Hyundai

Santa Fe Sport

SUV

Jeep

Compass

SUV

Jeep

Patriot

SUV

Lexus

RX350

SUV

Mazda

CX-5

SUV

Mazda

CX-9

SUV

Mercedes-Benz

ML-Class

SUV

Nissan

Pathfinder

SUV

Subaru

Outback

SUV

Toyota

RAV4

SUV

Toyota

Sienna

VAN

Toyota

Venza

SUV

Volkswagen

Tiguan

SUV

The list of model year 2013 vehicles selected for LDW, FCW and/or ESC confirmation testing is as follows.

Model Year 2013 Vehicles Equipped with LDW, FCW and/or ESC


Selected for Confirmation Testing

PASSENGER CARS


Make

Model

Body

LDW

FCW

ESC

Audi

A4

4DR

X

Audi

A6

4DR

X

BMW

3-Series Sedan

4DR

X

X

Cadillac

XTS (Magna system)

4DR

X

X

Chevrolet

Volt

4DR

X

X

Chevrolet

Malibu

4DR

X

X

Chrysler

300

4DR

X

Dodge

Dart

4DR

X

Ford

Fusion

4DR

X

X

X

Ford

Taurus

4DR

X

Honda

Accord Sedan

4DR

X

X

Honda

Fit

5HB

X

Hyundai

Genesis (BH)

4DR

X

X

Nissan

Sentra

4DR

X

Subaru

Outback

SW

X

X

Subaru

XV Crosstrek

SW

X

Suzuki

SX4

4DR

X

Toyota

Avalon

4DR

X

X

Toyota

Prius

4DR

X

X

 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES & VA


Make

Model

Body

LDW

FCW

ESC

Acura

RDX

SUV

X

Buick

Encore

SUV

X

X

 

Ford

Escape

SUV

X

Ford

Explorer

SUV

X

X

Infiniti

JX

SUV

X

X

 

Mazda

CX-5

SUV

X

Nissan

Xterra

SUV

X

Toyota

RAV4

SUV

X

X

Volkswagen

Routan

VAN

X


KEY
PU – Pickup
EC – Extended Cab
CC – Crew Cab
DR – Door
HB – Hatchback
SUV – Sport Utility Vehicle
SW – Station Wagon

Wednesday, September 12, 2012