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2013 Audi A4 / S4 Score Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating 3
Posted by Kurt Ernst in audi, Automotive, Crash Test Ratings, Kurt, safety on 12 3rd, 2012

2013 Audi S3 – image: Audi

If you were looking for one more reason to buy a 2013 Audi A4 or S4, here it is: both models have just earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s highest rating for crashworthiness. The five-star rating is even more significant than in years past, as the standards for earning such a score were revised in 2012.

Both the A4 and S4 earned five stars in rollover occupant protection, side impact protection and frontal crash protection. The cars also come with recommended technologies, including electronic stability control (required as of the 2012 model year) and forward collision warning.

Of the five-star designation, Audi of America’s president, Scott Keogh, stated, “Safety is top of mind for customers in the market to purchase a luxury vehicle. We are pleased to see that the safety technologies engineered into these vehicles helped both the A4 and S4 earn top marks in one of the most rigorous crash testing programs in the world.”

While safety is important, so are style, comfort and performance, and both the Audi A4 and S4 deliver here as well. You can tell your significant other that you bought an S4 “because it’s safe,” but we’ll know you really bought it because it puts a grin on your face every time you get behind the wheel.

Small But Safe: 2012 Fiat 500 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Fiat 500, Automotive, Crash Test Ratings, Fiat, Kurt, Top Safety Picks on 10 19th, 2011

The 2012 Fiat 500. Image: Chrysler Group LLC

Americans, it seems, are genetically conditioned to equate size with safety. Thanks to advances in automotive design and materials, the physical size of a car or truck is no longer a good indication of how safe the vehicle is. Take the 2012 Fiat 500, for example: the IIHS has just awarded Fiat 500 models built after August of 2011 a “Top Safety Pick” award, and the 500 is small enough to fall into the “minicar” category.

Earning the Top Safety Pick award requires a car to score “Good” (the agency’s highest rating) in frontal offset, side impact and roof strength testing. Cars also must be equipped with electronic stability control, which can help even inexperienced drivers avoid catastrophic rollover accidents.

As Autoblog points out, the Fiat 500 joins the Ford Fiesta as the only minicars to earn the Top Safety Pick rating. Since Chevrolet has big plans for the Spark in the U.S. market, expect that car to do well in crash testing when it hits the market next year.