NHTSA Announces List of 2012 Vehicles to Be Tested

By Colin Bird  on October 17, 2011

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the 2012 vehicles it will test, as it wraps up testing on its 2011 lineup. This year the government safety agency will test 74 vehicles from the 2012 model year: 42 passenger cars, 22 SUVs/crossovers, eight pickups and two minivans. NHTSA will test 35% more vehicles than it did in 2011, when it tested 55 vehicles.

Popular 2012 vehicles to be tested include the redesigned Hyundai Accent, Chevy Sonic, Nissan Versa, Toyota Camry, Ford Focus, Subaru Legacy, Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Passat. The Toyota Corolla, Ford Mustang and Jeep Grand Cherokee will also be tested. Novelties include the Scion iQ, Fiat 500, Nissan Juke and the Coda, Mitsubishi i and Ford Focus electric cars. NHTSA tested the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf this year.

All the vehicles will be evaluated using new testing standards that took effect this year. NHTSA’s composite scores are composed of a five-star rating for frontal, rollover and a combined side pole and barrier tests. The side pole test simulates a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.

Overall, the agency says the list of vehicles (and the carry-over vehicles it tested in 2011) will provide safety info for 81% of the 2012 model year vehicles by volume. About 92% of the 2012 fleet (by volume) will have rollover testing information. There are more than 300 vehicles on sale; luxury cars and exotics are rarely tested by NHTSA or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In its tests, NHTSA now makes an effort to point out additional safety features, such as lane departure warning and forward collision warning. The agency notes that the amount of vehicles with either safety option has jumped from 45 vehicles last year to 68 vehicles today. The most affordable vehicle that can be had with both is the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

Continue reading below for the full list of vehicles selected for crash and rollover testing.

Passenger cars

  • 2012 Acura TL
  • 2012 BMW 328i
  • 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist
  • 2012 Cadillac CTS
  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2012 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 2012 Chrysler 200
  • 2012 Chrysler 300
  • 2012 Coda electric sedan
  • 2012 Dodge Charger
  • 2012 Fiat 500
  • 2012 Ford Focus
  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric
  • 2012 Ford Mustang
  • 2012 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2012 Honda Civic
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda CR-Z
  • 2012 Honda Fit
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent
  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2012 Kia Rio
  • 2012 Lexus ES 350
  • 2012 Mazda3
  • 2012 Mazda6
  • 2012 Mitsubishi i
  • 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
  • 2012 Nissan Maxima
  • 2012 Nissan Versa
  • 2012 Subaru Impreza
  • 2012 Subaru Legacy
  • 2012 Suzuki SX4
  • 2012 Toyota Camry
  • 2012 Toyota Corolla
  • 2012 Toyota Prius v
  • 2012 Scion iQ
  • 2012 Toyota Yaris
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2012 Volvo S60

Pickups

  • 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • 2012 Ford F-150 Supercab
  • 2012 Ford F-250 Super Crew
  • 2012 Ram 1500 crew cab
  • 2012 Ram 2500 crew cab
  • 2012 Ram 1500 Quad Cab
  • 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • 2012 Toyota Tundra

SUVs/Crossovers

  • 2012 Acura MDX
  • 2012 Cadillac SRX
  • 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500
  • 2012 Dodge Durango
  • 2012 Dodge Journey
  • 2012 Ford Expedition
  • 2012 Ford Explorer
  • 2012 Honda CR-V
  • 2012 Honda Pilot
  • 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2012 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2012 Jeep Liberty
  • 2012 Kia Sorento
  • 2012 Kia Soul
  • 2012 Kia Sportage
  • 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • 2012 Nissan Juke
  • 2012 Subaru Outback
  • 2012 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2012 Toyota RAV4

Minivans

  • 2012 Chrysler Town & Country
  • 2012 Toyota Sienna



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