BMW 5 Series, Hyundai Sonata Come Out Top in New Safety Tests

BMWBMW's 5 Series and Hyundai's Sonata received the highest scores for passenger cars and trucks under a new U.S. crash safety rating system.

The two vehicles were the only ones to receive the top safety score of five stars in crash-safety tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday. Both vehicles scored four stars in frontal crashes and five stars in side-crashes and rollovers.

The NHTSA tested 34 different models under a new testing regime. And for the first time, female crash-test dummies were used as well as male.

"Through new tests, better crash data, and higher standards, we are making the safety ratings tougher and more meaningful for consumers," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

The worst performer in this batch was Nissan's Versa, which got an overall score of two stars.

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Im pretty sure these tests are still way bellow what the numbers should be. Most of the tests are at 35mph.. here in NY people are flying down roads posted 30 at 50+. So i doubt that these tests show anything. Hell at 75mph if you hit the back of an escalade in a Sonata i am pretty sure you'd still rather be in the escalade.

October 11 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yeah, and if Im in a Kenworth and hit the back of an Escalade, Im pretty sure I'd rather be in the Kenworth. Apples and oranges, sir.

October 15 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

female crash dummys?///are we being politically correct here? what is next, a mexican...

October 05 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply