2011 Chevrolet Cruze Crash Testing – Click above for high-res image gallery

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is set to debut a new testing procedure for the 2011 model year that will make it more difficult for new cars and trucks to earn the government agency's coveted five-star safety rating. Just as interestingly, the recent influx of electronic safety gadgets, such as lane departure and collision warning, will be included in the testing regiment as well.

NHTSA will calculate one simple-to-understand grade for each vehicle based on how it manages to perform throughout the agency's testing. While the revised parameters promise to make safety-minded comparison shopping between new automobiles a bit easier, it also means that pre-2011 ratings will not be directly comparable to the new ones.

A total of 55 new 2011 cars, trucks and minivans (including the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze seen above undergoing GM's internal safety testing) will be tested by NHTSA with the new procedures, and the list is made up of both brand new models and some of the more popular nameplates Americans seem most likely to purchase in large numbers next year. You can check out NHTSA's official release and the initial list of what cars will be subjected to this new testing regime after the jump.


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NHTSA Announces List of 2011 Model Year Vehicles to be Rated Under the New Government 5-Star Safety Ratings Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced the lineup of 2011 model year passenger vehicles that will receive new safety ratings under the agency's revamped and updated 5-star safety ratings program.

In all, 24 passenger cars, 20 sport utility vehicles, two vans, and nine 2011 model year pickups will be rated under the new system that not only includes tougher crash tests, but, for the first time, provides consumers with a single overall safety score per vehicle. The new testing program will also provide consumers with information about new advanced crash avoidance technologies, such as lane departure and forward collision warning systems.

"The vehicles we are announcing today will be the first ones tested under the Department's tougher, more rigorous 5-star ratings program," Secretary Ray LaHood explained. "This new testing program significantly raises the safety bar for all vehicle manufacturers and will provide consumers with a great deal more safety information about the cars and trucks they want to buy."

"For over 30 years, NHTSA's 5-star crash testing program has been the gold standard for consumers looking to buy the safest cars on the market for their families," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "Now, this great program has gotten even better by making it easier to compare the safety performance of vehicles not only in terms of crash survivability, but in terms of avoiding crashes in the first place."

Look for results of the 55 vehicles being tested under NHTSA's new 5-star safety ratings system to be posted on the agency's website, www.safercar.gov. When the new safety ratings become available, consumers will not be able to compare them to old ones since the testing criteria has changed. It will also be more difficult to achieve a high safety rating in this new program.



Passenger Cars

Manufacturer

Make

Model

BMW

BMW

5 Series

Chrysler

Dodge

Caliber

Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz

C-Class

Ford

Ford

Fiesta

Ford

Ford

Fusion

Ford

Ford

Taurus

GM

Chevrolet

Cruze

GM

Chevrolet

Malibu

GM

Buick

Lucerne

Honda

Honda

Accord

Honda

Honda

Civic

Hyundai

Hyundai

Sonata

Kia

Kia

Forte

Kia

Kia

Optima

Mazda

Mazda

Mazda3

Nissan

Infiniti

M37

Nissan

Nissan

Altima

Nissan

Nissan

Sentra

Nissan

Nissan

Versa

Toyota

Toyota

Camry

Toyota

Toyota

Corolla

Toyota

Toyota

Prius

Volkswagen

Audi

A4

Volkswagen

Volkswagen

Jetta

Vans

Manufacturer

Make

Model

Honda

Honda

Odyssey

Toyota

Toyota

Sienna

Sport Utility Vehicles

Manufacturer

Make

Model

Chrysler

Jeep

Grand Cherokee

Ford

Ford

Edge

Ford

Ford

Escape

GM

Chevrolet

Tahoe

GM

Chevrolet

Traverse

GM

Chevrolet

Equinox

Honda

Acura

MDX

Honda

Honda

CR-V

Honda

Honda

Pilot

Kia

Kia

Sorento

Kia

Kia

Soul

Nissan

Nissan

Murano

Nissan

Nissan

Rogue

Subaru

Subaru

Forester

Subaru

Subaru

Outback

Toyota

Lexus

RX350

Toyota

Toyota

Highlander

Toyota

Toyota

RAV4

Toyota

Toyota

Venza

Volvo

Volvo

XC60

Pickup Trucks

Manufacturer

Make

Model

Chrysler

Ram

1500 Crew Cab

Chrysler

Ram

1500 Quad Cab

Ford

Ford

F-150 Super Cab

Ford

Ford

F-150 Super Crew Cab

Ford

Ford

Ranger Extended Cab

GM

Chevrolet

Silverado 1500 Extended Cab

GM

Chevrolet

Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Toyota

Toyota

Tacoma Double Cab

Toyota

Toyota

Tundra Double Cab