NHTSA Tests New Crop of Vehicles


A host of 2014 vehicles have earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star rating in crash tests, perhaps most notably the redesigned-for-2014 Cadillac CTS.

Both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the CTS got an overall score of five in NHTSA's safety ratings. Both earned fives in frontal-crash tests and side-crash tests, and fours in rollover tests. Meanwhile, its compact sibling, the 2014 ATS, earned fives across the board for both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. Both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2014 XTS also earned an overall five-star score, with fives in frontal- and side-crash ratings and fours in rollover tests.

Other 2014 models joining NHTSA's five-star club earned fives in frontal- and side-crash ratings and fours in rollover tests. They included:

Four-star ratings were given to the 2013 Toyota RAV4 and 2013 Nissan Leaf — both of which just recently were named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both the front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions of the RAV4 earned fours in frontal-crash and rollover tests, and fives in side crashes. The front-wheel-drive Leaf got fours in all categories.

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