2012 Vehicles To Be Rated Under Fed Government’s New NTHSA 5-Star Safety Program – Products Deemed Less Likely to Injure or Kill

2012 Vehicles To Be Rated Under Fed Government’s New NTHSA 5-Star Safety Program – Products Deemed Less Likely to Injure or Kill

The federal government has revealed which 2012 model year vehicles it will test and rate for safety as part of its tougher testing standards, as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-star safety ratings program. Not all new cars get rated: this year, 81% of the 2012 passenger vehicles to be sold in the United States will be checked by the crash test dummies and 92% of the new models will get rollover tests.

Of those tested, the federal government makes recommendations on which vehicles have the best “crash avoidance” gizmos.  (This year, 38 models got top “crash avoidance” recommendations.)

Out of all the cars available to the American consumer, 42 passenger cars, 22 sport utility vehicles, 2 vans, and 8 pickups are rated, each getting an overall score.

“Our 5-star ratings program is a critical resource to help consumers make the best possible decisions about the cars they want to buy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “By revamping the tests and creating a more rigorous program last year, we raised the bar on safety for all vehicle manufacturers. People should remember: More stars, safer cars.”

Results for the 74 vehicles will be posted online at www.safercar.gov.

Here are the 2012 vehicles being tested for crash and rollover safety :

2012 Model Year Vehicle Test List


Acura TL 4 DR

BMW 328i 4 DR

(list continues)

Buick Regal eAssist 4 DR

Cadillac CTS 4 DR

Chevrolet Camaro 2 DR

Chevrolet Impala 4 DR

Chevrolet Sonic 4 DR

Chrysler 200 4 DR

Chrysler 300 4 DR
Coda Coda 4 DR

Dodge Avenger 4 DR

Dodge Charger 4 DR

Fiat 500 3 HB

Ford Focus 4 DR

Ford Focus BEV 4 DR

Ford Mustang 2 DR

Ford Transit Connect 4 DR

Honda Civic 2 DR

Honda Civic IMA 4 DR

Honda CR-Z 3 HB

Honda Fit 5 HB

Hyundai Accent 4 DR

Hyundai Elantra 4 DR

Kia Rio 4 DR

Lexus ES350 4 DR

Mazda Mazda3 4 DR

Mazda Mazda6 4 DR

Mitsubishi iMiEV 5 HB

Mitsubishi Lancer 4 DR

Nissan Maxima 4 DR

Nissan Versa 4 DR

Subaru Impreza 4 DR

Subaru Legacy 4 DR

Suzuki SX4 4 DR

Toyota Camry 4 DR

Toyota Corolla 4 DR

Toyota Prius v SW

Toyota Scion iQ 3 HB

Toyota Yaris Liftback 5 HB

Volkswagen Beetle 2 DR

Volkswagen Passat 4 DR

Volvo S60 4 DR


Make Model Body Style

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 PU/CC

Ford F-150 Supercab PU/EC

Ford F-250 Super Crew PU/CC

Ram 1500 Crew Cab PU/CC

Ram 2500 Crew Cab PU/CC

Ram 1500 Quad Cab PU/EC

Toyota Tacoma PU/CC

Toyota Tundra PU/CC



Cadillac SRX SUV

Chevrolet Suburban 1500 SUV

Dodge Durango SUV

Dodge Journey SUV

Ford Expedition SUV

Ford Explorer SUV

Honda CR-V SUV

Honda Pilot SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

Hyundai Tucson SUV

Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV

Jeep Liberty SUV

Kia Sorento SUV

Kia Soul SUV

Kia Sportage SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV

Nissan Juke SUV

Subaru Outback SUV

Toyota 4Runner SUV

Toyota RAV4 SUV


Chrysler Town & Country VAN

Toyota Sienna VAN

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