Honda, Ford, Scion, and Subaru Latest Top Safety Pick Recipients by IIHS
The non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently bestowed its coveted Top Safety Pick awards to four new vehicles: 2013 Ford Escape, Acura ILX, Scion FR-S, and the Subaru BRZ. The IIHS tests car safety through four major tests: marginal overlap front car crashes, side crashes, and in rollovers. The organization also evaluates vehicles' head restraints to see how effective they are in preventing head injuries during rear car crashes. In each test, the vehicle receives a Good score, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor. Vehicles must get at Good rank in all four tests to receive its Top Safety Pick award. This year, the IIHS added a new test that examines car safety in small overlap crash situations. The 2013 Acura ILX sedan, Ford Escape crossover, and twins Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ received Good rating in all IIHS tests. All vehicles are brand new for model year 2013. Prior models of the Ford Escape received only a Marginal rating in the rollover test, with the Escape hybrid getting a Poor. Ford discontinued the Ford Escape hybrid for 2013. There are no reports the four vehicles underwent the IIHS' small overlap car crash test at the time of this post. We've driven the Acura ILX and found it capable enough, especially the base model. Higher trims, on the other hand, get perilously close pricetag-wise to the Acura TSX. The Scion FR-S, on the other hand, we found a fun car if you don't have a family and prize driving higher than fuel economy. Source: IIHS
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