2016 Honda Civic, Mazda CX-3, Volvo XC90 Earn NHTSA's Top Safety Rating


CARS.COM — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a new batch of safety ratings for model-year 2016 vehicles today, with the Honda Civic, Mazda CX-3 and Volvo XC90 faring well. All of those vehicles received overall scores of five stars in NHTSA’s crashworthiness tests, while the Toyota Tacoma once again managed only four stars.

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The sedan version of the front-wheel-drive Civic has the distinction among the group as the only car to earn perfect scores of five stars across the board; the Civic coupe version was not included in this round of testing. In addition to the overall vehicle score, these scores include ratings for frontal crashes, side crashes and rollover protection. The Civic improves upon its scores for the 2015 model year, when it still earned an overall rating of five stars but scored fours for frontal and rollover protection.

Both the front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the CX-3 compact SUV also earned an overall score of five stars from NHTSA. Individual scoring included fives for frontal and side crashes, and a four for rollovers. The 2016 CX-3 is a new model and has no previous results.

The all-wheel-drive versions of both the XC90 SUV’s T5 and T6 variants also received overall scores of five stars, as well as fives for frontal and side crashes, and fours for rollovers. The last time NHTSA tested the XC90 was for the 2014 model year, and only in the rollover category, in which it also scored a four. Meanwhile, the XC90’s front-wheel-drive versions of the T5 and T6 also were tested in the frontal and side-crash categories, in which both received fives; these models were not rated for rollovers and have not yet received an overall score.

Scoring for the Tacoma was a mixed bag for 2016. Both the two- and four-wheel-drive versions repeated from 2015 their overall score of four stars, side-crash rating of five and rollover rating of four , but they improved to four stars from three in frontal crashes.

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