The Honda Accord and Toyota Corolla were among five cars named “best pick” in an insurer group’s crash tests, the first time all vehicles in a test group got the rating, Bloomberg News said.
The vehicles include the 2003 Accord and Corolla, and 2002 models of the Audi A4 sedan, Suzuki Aerio and MINI Cooper, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said, according to Bloomberg News. The tests involve a 40 mile-per-hour crash at an angle into a barrier, Bloomberg added.
According to Bloomberg News, the IIHS tests assess how well a vehicle absorbs the energy of a crash and limits injuries to occupants, and the insurer-funded group said its assessments complement the US government’s 35-mph crash tests. The “best picks” are chosen from vehicles that earn the group’s “good” top ranking, the report added.
“It’s now unusual for us to test a new passenger vehicle design of any type or size and not get a ‘good’ rating,” Brian O’Neill, president of the institute, said according to Bloomberg News. In the group’s first tests in 1995, just three of 14 cars tested got the top grade, the news agency noted.