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2016 Scion iA Gets the Top Safety Pick Plus Rating

September 12, 2015 lacarguy Scion Tags: , , , , ,

If you know anything about the compact Scion iA, you know that Mazda had a hand in producing the vehicle and that it has superb handling capabilities. The vehicle also happens to be very safe to tool around in according to the IIHS safety test. The little car just received the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating. The highest rating available from the International Institute for Highway Safety.

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Why it Made the Rank

The Scion iA managed such a high rating thanks to a combination of good performance characteristics. The IIHS noted that it has impressive roof, side and front strength. The vehicle also did quite well on the head restraint tests. Overall it managed impressive performance in all the tests, and the little car employs a few tricks and performance hacks to get those ratings.

The Crash Detection System

In order to handle low-speed crash issues, the Scion iA is equipped with a crash detection system that avoids low-speed impacts entirely thanks to careful detection and braking technology. It doesn’t operate at higher speeds though.

Impressive Performance on the Small Overlap Test

The one test that many vehicles fail the most is the small overlap test. It’s the test that simulates running into a pole or another compact object. The Scion iA did remarkably well for a vehicle that’s so affordable and so compact. Intrusion into the cabin by the test object was nearly non-existent throughout most of the cabin, and where it did occur, at the emergency brake, at the door hinge and the instrument panel, it was only by two inches, a distance that isn’t likely to cause harm.

At less than $20,000 with every one of the available options, the Scion iA is an impressive ride that also happens to be very safe to drive around in. It’s a good commuter vehicle, and it’s a lot of fun to drive thanks to that special touch offered by the Mazda relationship.

Every One of the 2014 Subaru Lineup Received an IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

September 3, 2014 lacarguy Subaru Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

If your searching for a safe vehicle for you and your family it would be a good idea to take a look at one of the vehicles from the Subaru lineup. This automaker has seven different vehicles, their whole lineup, that all received a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS in 2014 with several Top Safety Pick Pluses as well. Subaru was able to achieve this impressive feat through careful design and an array of powerful safety features that help mitigate damage during an accident.

Subaru Has Remained Committed to Safety After all these Years

Subaru was performing safety tests on their vehicles long before safety tests were the standard thing to do. They’ve always been committed to making excellent vehicles that stand up to abuse while keeping the driver safe, and that commitment shows.
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Excellent Safety with Every Vehicle

It’s very rare for an automaker to have every one of their vehicles be an IIHS Top Safety Pick. On top of this Subaru has three vehicles, the Forester, the Outback and the Legacy that achieved the highest Top Safety Pick+ status.

Ring Reinforcement

Each of the Subaru vehicles rely on a ring-style frame that utilizes durable materials in a ring shape around the exterior of the vehicle. The unique ring shape distributes the load of an impact throughout the edges of the vehicle helping to minimize damage overall.

Careful Testing Before Designing the Vehicles

Subaru values safety so much that they test and adjust their vehicle designs early on until they are able to meet their safety goals. Only after continual virtual testing does Subaru design the rest of their vehicle and then make a series of prototypes. With the prototypes created Subaru begins conducting physical crashes to help improve their designs further before they ever make it to production. They set more rigorous standards for themselves than the safety institutes do and that’s why their vehicles are able to excel so much on each safety test.

Improving Their Highly Rated Vehicles

Subaru doesn’t accept good ratings as good enough when it comes to the safety of their vehicles. Even though the Subaru Legacy achieved a Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2013 they decided that it still had some weaknesses and went ahead and made improvements to the frame making it more rigid and enhancing the strength to improve performance in the frontal-overlap test.

Subaru vehicles are well-known for being very safe to ride in and now you know why. You would be hard-pressed to find a manufacturer more concerned with safety than Subaru and that’s why they have some of the most highly-rated vehicles out there when it comes to crash testing.

Both the Golf and the Golf GTI Earned the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

June 11, 2014 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a safe mid-size sedan to drive around both the Golf and the Golf TDI come highly recommended by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) according to their 2014 tests. Both vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick+ distinction from the institute, the highest possible rating that it gives out. According to Mark McNabb, the chief operating officer at VW America, the recognition that both models got makes a great statement about the brand, and it’s hard not to agree with this sentiment.


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Safety Tech

In order to score so well on the IIHS tests both the Golf and the Golf GTI are equipped with a variety of mechanical and electrical safety equipment. The frame was also redesigned to improve the overall strength of the vehicle.

The Auto Post-Collision Braking system immediately presses down on the brakes when the airbag sensor triggers during an impact. This cuts down on additional damage. Each model also comes with six standard airbags and an ESC or electronic stability control system for improved traction and performance.

If you opt for the SE or SEL models then you can also add on the driver assistance package. This gives you a forward collision warning as well as front and rear park distance control systems.

Additional Benefits of these Cars

On top of being very safe cars, they also happen to be quite spacious. They provide comfortable seating for up to five individuals as well as more cargo room than any mid-sized sedan. This means everyone can ride comfortably and you won’t have to worry about where to put all your luggage any longer.

Changes to Golf and Golf GTI

Both the new Golf and the Golf GTI have been updated significantly for 2014. They are now more powerful while being more efficient. They also come with new standard technology, improving their value significantly.

Qualifying for a Top Safety Pick+

In order for any vehicle to be recognized as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ it has to earn a “good” rating in the roof strength, head restraint, moderate overlap front, and overlap side. The vehicle also has to get at least an “acceptable” in the small overlap front test, and at least a “basic” in the front crash prevention test. All of these various tests really try out the durability of a vehicle.

When you’re shopping for family vehicles safety is always a top priority. Both the 2014 VW Golf or VW Golf GTI are excellent options for family travelling. They aren’t the cheapest sedans on the market, but the added cost is what allows their improved design, technology and safety.

Volkswagen Receives Ninth 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

August 16, 2013 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is proud to announce that the iconic Beetle is the latest Volkswagen model to be awarded a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The award applies to 2013 model year Beetle built after March 2013 and all 2014 model year Beetles.


The annual rating recognizes those vehicles that perform in the Institute’s moderate overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. The IIHS only awards TOP SAFETY PICK ratings to vehicles that are fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and head protection airbags.

The Beetle is well-equipped with safety features including a rigid body structure that uses ultra-high-strength, hot-formed steels in the crash-load paths and seamless laser welds, and standard ESC. The Beetle includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collision.

Volkswagen is passionate about safety,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “To have IIHS recognize the Volkswagen Beetle as a Top Safety Pick is a great statement for the brand. The fact that we now have nine 2013 Top Safety Picks is a testament to our commitment to continually improve the safety and quality of our vehicles.”

Volkswagen now has nine 2013 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS. The other 2013 Volkswagen models to receive the accolade are: CC 2.0T, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Touareg, and 4-door Golf, and GTI models, while the Volkswagen Passat received the top accolade of “Top Safety Pick +.”

Scion FR-S Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

September 10, 2012 lacarguy Scion Tags: , , , 0 Comments

The 2013 Scion FR-S rear-wheel-drive sports car has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick rating, bringing Toyota’s total of IIHS Top Safety Picks awards to 18, the most of any manufacturer in the industry.

FR-S comes standard with six airbags, including dual-stage advanced driver- and front-passenger airbags, front-seat-mounted airbags and side-curtain airbags. Like all Scions, the FR-S features the Star Safety System that includes Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

In its effort to determine crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — the Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Top Safety Picks must have good ratings in all four tests.

The 18 Toyota, Lexus and Scion models named Top Safety Picks this year are the Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Prius c, Prius v, Sienna, Tundra (crew cab), Venza and Yaris (4-door hatchback); Scion tC, xB, xD, and FRS; and Lexus CT 200h, GS and RX.

Watch the following crash test videos of the Scion FR-S being put through the paces by the Institute:

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