NHTSA Announces 2013 Models Tested Under New Protocol
Models Scheduled To Be Tested Represent 85 Percent of Vehicles Sold
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced its list of 2013 model-year vehicles that will be tested under the agency's revised 2011 testing protocol that includes a new side-pole test. The list consists of 54 models of passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs. The agency claims the models selected will represent 85 percent of 2013 model-year vehicles sold. The list of vehicles is not exhaustive, as many 2013 models are carryover designs that the agency has already tested.
Among the refreshed and redesigned truck and SUV models that will be tested are the 2013 Ram 1500, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Pathfinder.
Changes in testing protocols can often result in dramatically different outcomes than tests using older criteria. A recent example is the poor performance of some popular near-luxury sedans tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a private, industry-supported organization that conducts its own safety tests.
In a new testing protocol that included a frontal-offset frontal crash, the Acura TSX, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Lincoln MKZ, and Volkswagen CC went from having a Good rating across-the-board, the highest rating given by the agency, to a Marginal rating for the frontal-offset test on most of the models, with the Audi, Lexus IS and ES, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class getting a Poor rating. No frontal-offset results have yet been released for trucks or SUVs by the IIHS.
2013 Model Trucks and SUVs Selected for NHTSA 5-Star Crash Tests
|Chevrolet||Silverado 2500||Pickup/Extended Cab|
|Ram||1500 Quad Cab||Pickup/Extended Cab|
|Sport/Utility Vehicles & Vans|
|Hyundai||Santa Fe Sport||SUV|