• Nov 11, 2010
For the 2011 model year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has implemented tougher crash testing procedures that make it more difficult for vehicles to receive a five-star rating. The new test is known as the NCAP, or New Car Assessment Program, and the first batch of cars were evaluated earlier in the year. Ten more vehicles have been subjected to the NCAP, and the results are promising... for most.

General Motors received high marks for its Lambda triplets – the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia – with all three netting five-star ratings. Not all GM products received a gold star, however – the aging Buick Lucerne only received a three-star rating under the new test procedures. Honda's Accord sedan also received a five-star rating, however its main competitor, the Toyota Camry, didn't fare so well. Both the gasoline- and hybrid-powered Camrys only received three stars.

During the first batch of testing the average score was four stars, so the five-star ratings here are good news for GM. Previously, only the Hyundai Sonata (after being revised and retested) and BMW 5 Series received the coveted five-star rating.

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration plans to test 55 cars in total before the year is over, and the full results of the latest testing can be viewed at SaferCar.gov.

[Source: SaferCar.gov via The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow Honda Accord 4 Door 5 stars in all test
        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason is that the female is in the back seat, the male in the front seat. I guess I should have said front seat instead of male, but took a bit of reading the FAQ's and re-reading the ratings to figure that out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm impressed that the current Accord manages a 5-star rating still without any modifications (since even the new Sonata needed modification to get the 5-star rating). Now if Honda would only improve it's braking performance so you could avoid more of those accidents...every damned test seems to show it lagging by several car lengths in braking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see heavier and more expensive cars filled with more crap we really, really, really don't need (ie something that better driver training from the get-go would solve), in our future...
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can test SAAB cars back into the 80's and get 5 star roof test awards -
      the Euro standards have been much higher for a long time, especially on top -
      the other missing entrant due to volume of sales currently is Porsche - both would have 5 star ratings if tested.
      Volvo would garner 4 star ratings in their smaller cars, they have slipped over the past decade (resting on their laurels...)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think you're familiar with current crash test criteria and scores. The entire Volvo range are 5 star EuroNCAP rated. The C30, S80, XC60 and XC90 are also IIHS Top Safety Picks meaning they get the top rating in front, side, rear and roll-over tests.

        NHTSA roll-over rating are based on a cars inherit stability not the strength of the roof like the IIHS test. Old Saabs would certainly not do well in a roof-crush test despite being very safe for their time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish the crash standards were similar across major nations, atleast US-EU-Japan-AUS (cough-holden-cough). That ways we would have a wider offering (I am looking at RS6- Some Ford offerings) I am also looking at attractive bumpers and more aggresive profiles (HSV - Holden)

      It would probably lower the cost as well as automakers wont have to engineer a different facia but just pick and import.

      But I wish for a lot of things.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Post-test"? No kidding?

      Seriously, since this is called NCAP, does it mean that the standard is being unified with EURO-NCAP? I can see that as being a good thing, making it easier for European automakers to send us a wider offering of models (and vice versa). Of course, emissions standards would have to unify as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll agree that the EPA has, and continues to serve a (good) purpose in other industries, but the agency itself has long exceeded the intent of its institution, in both authority and objectivity. Same could be said for the DHS, BATF, and a laundry list of other government institutions. Shoot, look at the diesel regulations. It doesn't take a genius to see that current diesel regs are less about protecting us from big, bad, nasty diesel engines than they are about giving domestic companies an unfair corner on the market (like the Chicken Tax).

        IMO no agency should have the power to impede or radically alter free trade like that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "since this is called NCAP, does it mean that the standard is being unified with EURO-NCAP?"

        No, completely different tests and criteria. EuroNCAP focuses on an offset barrier test, similar to the IIHS offset test, and includes criteria for pedestrian protection. The US NCAP includes a full frontal test, side barrier test, and side pole tests. Scoring well on one set does not necesarily result in scoring well on the other.

        Also, from another later post, NCAP is administered by NHTSA. EPA covers CAFE. Not related....except that increasing crashworthiness requirement tend to increase mass, which tends to decrease fuel economy
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Rob

        Why do you want the EPA to go away???

        I certainly don't for many reasons...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that means the death of the EPA, do want!