What Do the IIHS and NTSHA Safety Ratings Really Mean?

The government set up the NTSHA to see how well vehicles perform in common crash scenarios. The insurance companies set up a non-profit to do much the same. It's known as the IIHS. Both organizations offer ratings so you can judge how safe a vehicle is.

The NTSHA uses five stars to demonstrate a vehicle's ability to withstand a crash. Five stars is the best rating. The organization tests each vehicle for its crashworthiness by subjecting it to three crash scenarios. They also calculate how likely the vehicle is to rollover based on its weight and center of gravity.

The IIHS rates vehicles using four designations: Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, and Good. Good is the best rating. They use five crash scenarios to come up with their rating. Ideally, you should be driving a vehicle that scores well on both scales. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Patterson Honda to see the safest cars in our inventory.



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