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NHTSA Announces 2013 Models Tested Under New Protocol

Models Scheduled To Be Tested Represent 85 Percent of Vehicles Sold

Sep 13, 2012
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.
Photo 2/7   |   2013 Ford Escape SE Side
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.
Photo 3/7   |   2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Side In Motion 2
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.
Photo 4/7   |   2013 Ram 1500 Front View In Motion
2013 Model Trucks and SUVs Selected for NHTSA 5-Star Crash Tests
Pickup Trucks
Make Model Bodystyle
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Pickup/Extended Cab
Ram 1500 Pickup/Crew Cab
Ram 1500 Quad Cab Pickup/Extended Cab
Toyota Tacoma Pickup/Extended Cab

Sport/Utility Vehicles & Vans
Make Model Bodystyle
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
Source: NHTSA

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