Ford Focus Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Rating

The 2013 Ford Focus has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

The 2013 Ford Focus has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

The Ford Focus has earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating, making it one of the best of the best for a car’s safety.

The Focus is just one of 6 small cars to earn this designation. Ford has some of the best vehicle technology today, but they use that technology for more than just entertainment. It’s no wonder the Focus has earned IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Rating.

“Ford is committed to designing vehicles that help keep people safe,” said Steve Kenner, global director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office. “We are constantly seeking innovative ways to help drivers avoid accidents and keep occupants safe when an incident does occur.”

Here’s How Ford Did:

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Earns Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus, making it the best of the best for car safety.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus, making it the best of the best for car safety.

The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick, making it the best of the best for car safety.

The Outlander, introduced early this year, accomplished the top score of good in all four IIHS tests.

In moderate overlap front tests, the Outlander scored the top pick of “good”

In small overlap front tests, the Outlander scores the top pick of “good”

In side impact tests, the Outlander scores the top pick of “good”

In roof strength, the Outlander scores the top pick of “good.:

Watch the IIHS Outlander video:

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Fails Safety Test: Now What?

The redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 has received a rating of “poor’ in the IIHS small overlap test.

According to Automotive News, this test simulates what happens when a driver crashes the left front quarter of a vehicle into an object such as a tree, telephone pole or another car. Small overlap test examines how well a vehicle handles 40-mph frontal collisions.

According to IIHS and Automotive News, the RAV4’s driver’s space was “seriously compromised by intruding structure, and the dummy’s left foot was trapped by crushed and buckled sheet metal in the footwell.”

The institute also said the seat belt allowed “excessive forward movement of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel.”

Watch the video: 2013 Toyota RAV4 fails small overlap crash test:

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2013 Nissan Leaf Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

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The 2013 Nissan Leaf was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The electric 2013 Nissan Leaf has been named a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Leaf was awarded a Top Rating of Good in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. The Leaf joins the Nissan Altima on the 2013 IHHS Top Safety Pick Ratings.

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package.”

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Review: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is all about safety

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the safest vehicles on the road today, and with it’s great warranty and array of optional features, we think the Outlander Sport is an overlooked crossover SUV.

The Outlander Sport has a huge emphasis on safety. It has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick and carries a 4-star crash test rating. There are a number of great safety features built in to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that help it achieve this status.

First off, let’s talk about All Wheel Control. The All Wheel Control system engages an onboard computer that monitors your Outlander Sport’s throttle, vehicle speed and the road conditions. The Outlander Sport can then intelligently help you determine which drive train you should be using — two wheel drive or four wheel drive. You can easily override this with a switch that easy helps you change from two or four wheel drive yourself.

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2013 Honda Civic Named a Top Safety Pick Plus

 

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The 2013 Honda Civic was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

The redesigned 2013 Honda Civic was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest safety rating a vehicle can receive. The Civic is now the first and only small car to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus designation.

“If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance.”

Top Safety Pick Plus is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s newest top ranking, which separates out the best of best for safety. IIHS scores the 2013 Honda Civic Good in the moderate overlap front test results, Good for the small overlap front test, good for side impact test results, and good for roof strength test. To achieve Top Safety Pick Plus status, a vehicle  must receive a score of good in at lease 4 of 5 tests and no less than acceptable in the fifth test. Less than 20 vehicles across the United State have been designated as a Top Safety Pick Plus.

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Review: 2013 Honda Ridgeline

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The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is a safe and sportier midsized pickup, so if you are looking to an alternative from the Dodge Ram or Chevy Silverado, the Ridgeline is a great truck to consider.

Not all truck drivers are looking to haul cattle, spaceships, or a barn full of wood, and that’s where we think the Honda Ridgeline fits in. As someone who has always driven a Honda Civic or a Honda Accord, a truck can be a difficult choice, especially for urban settings with require a truck. The Ridgeline though is modeled as the sporty truck, especially the Ridgeline’s Sport model, with features  18-inch alloy wheels, sporty styled headlights, privacy glass and a leather steering wheel.

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Review: 2013 Honda Pilot

 

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The 2013 Honda Pilot adds a backup camera standard on all models, along with room for 8.

The 2013 Honda Pilot is one of the best choices for a larger families. It’s one of the few vehicles that offers comfortable seating for up to 8 people, and with a backup camera now standard across the lineup, the Pilot is one of the most practical choices for those seeking a large SUV.

We’ve always found the Pilot to be one of the most underrated vehicles in Honda’s lineup. There isn’t a wasted millimeter of space in the Pilot. There’s room for 8 people to sit inside, and even taller passengers will fit comfortably in the back of a Pilot. Sometimes we look at 3-row models and think “who would fit in that third row,” but we don’t think that’s the case in the 2013 Honda Pilot.

While the Pilot is relatively the same as previous models, a backup camera is now standard on all 2013 Honda Pilot models. This is a big step forward, because we know it can be hard to fit a larger SUV into a tight space. Those problems are now a thing of the past.

VIEW THE DIGITAL BROCHURE OF THE 2013 HONDA PILOT 

Watch Waikem Honda salesman Dustin Shahan’s walk around of the 2013 Honda Pilot:

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The Best of the Best for Safety

2013 Subaru Legacy

Thanks to upgraded airbags and All Wheel Drive, the Subaru Legacy is among the vehicles to review the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that some of our top models are also the safest models the customer can choose.

Among those given IIHS’s new Top Safety Pick+ Award were the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback.

IIHS said that along with its traditional rankings, they wanted to let the consumer know which vehicles were the safest, thus creating the TSP+ award.

“Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “We’re pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013.”

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2013 Ford Fusion Named Top Safety Pick

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The 2013 Ford Fusion was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion a Top Safety Pick.

IIHS crash test dummy tests for the driver and rear seat passenger positions “indicate low risk of any significant injuries” in the moderate overlap and side impact tests. The car’s side airbags deployed front and back during both tests and dummy movement was “well controlled.”

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