The Safest Cars of 2012, as Rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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2012 becomes a fierce year for car companies attempting to compete for the highest crash test ratings on their vehicles. This is a good thing for consumers, and while most cars will do well in a crash, there are a certain few which rank higher than all the rest. Using data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) we have compiled a list of the Top 5 Safest Cars of 2012 for your reference.

The IIHS will rank a vehicles safety using a series of letter rankings while performing crash tests. The rankings are as follows: G (good) A (acceptable) M (marginal) and P (Poor). After each impact, the vehicle will receive an overall letter ranking for front, side, rear and rollover tests. In addition, the vehicle will receive a letter ranking for more specific elements such as car structure integrity and specific points of bodily injury.

5 Chevy Malibu

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The Malibu ranked a ‘G’ average both in front and side impacts from the IIHS. With electronic stability control, side airbags, both front and rear, head curtain bags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights standard, it’s easy to see why the Malibu was a top safety pick for the IIHS. The rollover and rear crash tests also proved a ‘G’ rating for the 2012 Malibu. Only one ‘A’ was awarded and that was in driver torso injuries during side impact.

4 Audi A3 / A4

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Both the Audi A3 and A4 models in 2012 get overall ‘G’ ratings in both front and side impacts, however the A3 received an ‘A’ in right leg/foot injuries during a crash, while the A4 received an ‘A’ in driver torso injury during side impact. Rear seat torso bags are optional, but side airbags and front and rear head curtain bags are standard. The A3 and A4 continue to make our top 5 list of safest cars while other makes/models drop in and out over the years. This testament to longtime quality and safety design may be worth more to a consumer than anything.

3 Acura TL

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Front impacts, side impacts, and rollover crash tests all award the TL with an overall of ‘G’.Specifically, the only category to receive an‘A’ was in driver torso injuries during side impacts. Side airbags, front and rear head curtain bags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and daytime running lights are all standard safety features on the TL. During crash tests, dummy’s were restrained properly, and showed a low risk of serious injury during impacts. The 2012 Acura TL is one of the top safety picks from the IIHS.

2 Buick LaCrosse

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The LaCrosse continues to get ‘G’s in all categories, both in front, side and rollover crash tests continuing the legacy of safety began by its 2011 predecessor. Standard daytime running lights, electronic stability control, side airbags for both head and torso, and antilock brakes all add up to one of the safest vehicles on the American market. The 2012 LaCrosse received a ‘G’ rating in rear crash tests also. For those looking for a larger version of the Verano, with the same integrity asfar as safety, the LaCrosse is the natural choice.

1 Buick Verano

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Another new GM Buick release for a new year and with it comes one of the highest safety and crash test ratings from the IIHS. In both frontal and side impacts, including rollovers, the Verano gets ranked ’G’ in every category. Driver and front passenger knee airbags, front and rear side head curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, electronicstability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights all come standard. This midsized car gives plenty of room to both drivers and passengers during crashes. Rear crash tests prove a ‘G’ rating also.

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