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brbaritone

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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:47:08 AM

In surveys to gauge new-car buyers' most-wanted features, fuel economy and reliability often trump safety. But at Kiplinger, we think safety is paramount. Safety accounts for more than one-third of the possible points in our annual new-car rankings. Here's how to pick the safest vehicle and choose which protective features are worth the extra money.

Crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both conduct frontal, side and rollover tests, but they do them differently. In NHTSA’s frontal-crash test, a car runs into a wall that spans the vehicle’s entire width. NHTSA awards up to five stars for driver- and passenger-side results. IIHS, however, has two frontal tests, both on the driver’s side. The moderate overlap test uses
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oldmack
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:26:55 AM

ok
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:40:50 AM

How you drive has more to do with the car being safe.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:05:26 PM

Good to know
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:54:22 PM

Very good information.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 4:03:18 PM

Driving safely is half of the answer.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:20:08 AM

good info
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:23:55 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:08:56 AM

Safe is a relative term.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:42:42 AM

Buy the Honda Civic.
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:36:59 AM

Always check the safety scores when buying a new or used car.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:02:16 PM

Nice
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:43:49 PM

Safety should always be top priority!
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:08:46 PM

Helpful.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:01:01 PM

good and help
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:58:42 PM

Good basic article.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:51:10 AM

the safest cars are the driven least, while sitting idle at home
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:33:17 AM

the safest car is coming
the elio
6800
84 mpg
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:15:33 AM

Sounds great, but will it work?
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:14:48 AM

All cars are safe now compared to when I was a kid
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:53:56 AM

Good!
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:51:17 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:48:26 AM

good idea, safety is 1st
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:29:38 AM

Any car not driven safely is unsafe
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PhilMils
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:09:02 AM

Good points, but far from complete. As an example, do not rely just on technology for visibility. Can you see all around you as you turn your head around or are thick posts and panels blocking some of your view?
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:57:59 AM

Safety first is good but safest vehicles on the road have responsible drivers behind the wheel.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:21:34 AM

Good idea
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:20:12 AM

Good safety points.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:14:50 AM

I would love adaptive Cruise Control.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:08:56 AM

Good ideas and worth having.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:07:02 AM

Safety should always be a top priority!
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:04:00 AM

"...safety should be top priority over fuel economy and reliability" - are we talking tanks or cars here? The best safety device is your own brain. Simply use it and try not to get in front of a big truck ...
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:57:31 AM

I like adaptive headlights - wish I had them.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:55:54 AM

Safety is good.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:54:07 AM

" safety should be top priority over fuel economy " ..........DITTO
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:52:21 AM

I vote with Kiplinger's, safety should be top priority over fuel economy and reliability.
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brbaritone
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:48:22 AM

The article continues:

... a barrier that covers 40% of the car’s width and the small overlap test uses a smaller barrier that strikes just one-fourth of the width. The organization’s top rating is “good.”
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NHTSA also awards up to five stars for side-impact and rollover safety as well as a five-star overall rating. IIHS conducts side- and rear-impact and rollover tests and awards a Top Safety Pick rating to vehicles that score a “good” on four out of five tests. After adding the small overlap test last year, IIHS began awarding a Top Safety Pick+ designation to vehicles that do well in that test as well as the others. Not all vehicles have undergone the new test yet, but 20 models have made the TSP+ grade. It’s best to look for a car that scores well on tests from both NHTSA and IIHS.

Along with good crash-test ratings, look for as many airbags as possible. Most new vehicles have six (two front, two front side, and two head-curtain airbags extending from the front to the back seats). Knee airbags and rear (back-seat) side airbags are becoming more widely available. The government required electronic stability control for all new passenger vehicles, starting with the 2012 model year.

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