Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates vehicles for safety. These are rated through crash test results. According to its Website, the ratings system encompasses a rating for results in each of four areas. These are front, side, rollover and rear impact protection. The results are rated as good, acceptable, marginal and poor.
Although many vehicles fall short of the mark in some areas, there are a few 2011 vehicles that have been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick. These vehicles are rated as good in all areas, and must also have electronic stability control in order to receive this award.
2011 Ford Fiesta
Priced starting at $13,320, this car offers not only safety, but great gas mileage to boot. The Ford Fiesta comes in at 29mpg city and 40mpg highway, making it a great buy. This car is also unique with seven standard airbags to help ensure the safety, more than any other in its compact class. It also has a driver’s knee airbag that no other compact car does.
2011 Buick Regal
Dave Lyons, Executive Director of Design for Buick, relates in the Regal’s Walkaround Video that this car has global appeal. It has been honored with the European Car of the Year Award, and is also quite popular in China. The design has a classic look with a modern flair that is flowing, contoured, and somewhat sporty looking. This car starts at $26,245.
2011 Cadillac CTS
The CTS V-Coupe offers power and luxury in a supercharged look, starting at $63,465. The 558 hp V8 engine accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds for some powerful thrust. It’s all class, to say the least, and definitely impressive. The CTS Sports Sedan, though still a luxurious and mighty fine ride, checks in at nearly half the price. Other models include the CTS V-Sedan, the CTS Coupe, and the surprisingly sharp CTS Sport Wagon.
2011 BMW 5 Series
This series offers Sedan, Touring, and Gran Turismo models. The interior is specifically designed for intuitive and ergonomic qualities, and is set to the highest of standards. As an added safety feature, a system of up to 5 cameras gives a clear view of what might not be seen otherwise. Another uniquely designed system has a camera that monitors roadside speed limit signs, and keeps the driver up-to-date on the speed limit in the area. These vehicles start at $44,550.
2011 Infiniti M37/M56
The Infiniti M series offers some unique features, one of which is its “4-Wheel Active Steer.” This feature turns all four wheels at once, according to the position of the steering wheel – somewhat as a vehicle with only front-turning wheels would. The interior of the Infiniti M has been exquisitely designed, with great attention to detail. The advanced air circulation system, “Forest Air,” is designed to emulate a natural breeze while it purifies the air. These cars start at $46,500.
IHS and HLD news: 2010
BMW 5 Series