8 New Cars With 5-Star Crash Ratings for 2014 and 2015

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In a country where 33,000 annual traffic fatalities is considered progress, safety ranks high in the list of priorities for auto consumers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration (NHTSA) devotes itself to the improvement of safety standards by publishing data on crash tests and recalled vehicles as well as awarding grants to cities so they can address danger for pedestrians.

On the NHTSA SafeCar.gov site, the agency lists the results of its rigorous crash tests with breakdowns of ratings using a scale of one to five stars. Just because a car received a five-star crash rating overall doesn’t mean it notched perfect scores in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests. However, eight four-door sedans and hatchbacks of model years 2014 and 2015 notched perfect five-star ratings in each category, denoting exceptional performance drivers can expect if faced with collisions involving vehicles or objects on the road.

Here are the eight highest-scoring four-door cars bearing model years 2014 and 2015.

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1. 2015 Volvo S60

It wasn’t long ago that the name Volvo was associated with all things safe and family-oriented. It turns out that image is still warranted in the automaker’s cars for the 2015 model year. In fact, Volvo has delivered impressive power and fuel economy alongside safety ratings with its E-Drive powertrains in the 2015 S60 models.

First, the overall five-star crash rating in both the all-wheel drive (AWD) and front-wheel drive (FWD) 2015 S60 models reflected perfect scores in front, side, and rollover tests. The NHTSA recommends available forward collision warning and lane departure warning for the ideal safety configuration. As for power, four-cylinder cars rarely have it this good. Volvo’s T5 Drive-E FWD ($33,300) offers 240 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque while delivering a remarkable 37 highway mpg.

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