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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named its latest three Top Safety Pick award winners. The models include the 2010 Dodge Journey, 2010 Lincoln MKT, and Mazda's 2010 Mazda3. All three are equipped with standard side airbags. Stability control is standard on the Dodge and Lincoln, but optional on the Mazda.

Unlike the 35 mph head-on barrier crash testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and its resulting 1- to 5-star ratings, the IIHS frontal test runs the driver's side of a vehicle into a deformable barrier at 40 mph and then assigns one of four ratings (Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor) based on occupant injury, vehicle structure integrity, and the movement of the crash dummy within the cabin. In order to earn a Top Safety Pick award, the vehicles must earn the highest ("Good") rating in the agency's frontal, side, and rear impact testing... and be equipped with electronic stability control. The IIHS tests vehicles and announces its Top Safety Picks throughout the year.

[Source: IIHS]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      i saw my first 3 Journeys on the road last week-all on the same day. i guess the clunkers program did sell some cars. it's actually quite good looking, just not cutting edge. it's tasteful though. glad to see it's safe too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe this will help bring more people into Dodge showrooms again. Way to go Dodge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully this will help Dodge sell more journeys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now I know why the Mazda3 is so happy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is unrecognizable as a Mazda 3, yet the guy walked away (after 2 hours of cutting it open):

      http://www.montrealgazette.com/Miracle+escapes+crash/1984146/story.html

        • 5 Years Ago
        Lucky driver, as most people in cars and SUVs don't survive the semi-sandwich type accident.

        I can see the load in the rear semi launched through the trailer, so that guy is lucky he wasn't impaled by all that junk that you can see protruding from the side of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Holy crap.... I feel a little safer in my 3 now. Still wouldn't want to be in that situation...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dodge Journey one of the best CUV´s out there and now the safest pick. Hope it improves sales. Proudly built in Toluca, Mexico.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The best part about this is that a Journey was destroyed :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love to see Mazda raise their game and make the Mazda 3 an even better value for the dollar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Regardless... Its still ugly. I absolutely can not stand the front end... I just wanna know who thought that fascia was a good idea..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just yesterday I saw a Honda CRV at a local body shop. The front end of the thing was demolished yet it looked like someone could open up the front doors and get in or out. That sure did impress me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler needs all the good press it can get.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is one praise for Chrysler products. While their current line-ups are "lackluster" most if not all of their products get high marks for safety. I also like the Journey too. It is a pretty nice crossover. If I had a family and was in the market it would definitely be on my list along with Flex, Edge, Escape, and Acadia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like the standards need to be raised.
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