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Last week J.D. Powers’ U.S. Tech Choice Survey reported respondents overwhelmingly said they wanted advanced crash mitigation technologies and it so happens these are required to make the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) list.
Our list culled from the latest IIHS data thus merges two desirable “technologies” – electrified powertrains that save gas and cut emissions as well as crash avoidance systems offering greater chance of personal safety.
Two of the listed vehicles are hybrid variants within broader model ranges that together scored TSP+, but being heavier because of battery and hybrid systems, they may even do slightly better in some kinds of accidents according to IIHS Vice President of Communications Russ Rader.
“All other things being equal, bigger, heavier vehicles are more protective in crashes than smaller, lighter ones,” said Rader. “Similarly, in keeping with the laws of physics, people riding in a hybrid are better protected in a crash than people riding in the same non-hybrid model. Batteries add weight which improves protection in collisions.”
Two Measures of Safety
Each year the IIHS evaluates vehicles for 1) crashworthiness – how well the airbag- and crumple-zone equipped reinforced structure of the
It’s time to head to the big apple to get the juiciest new car news from the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Confirmed debuts include Cadillac’s new CT6 flagship sedan and a production version of the Scion iM compact hatchback as well as the Scion iA small sedan. Expect an updated Lexus RX, Lincoln Continental Concept, 2016 Kia Optima and a production version of the 2016 Jaguar XF, as well as the exciting new McLaren 570S.
Be sure to check in with AutoGuide for all the latest 2015 New York Auto Show news, and the best auto show video coverage on the net.
Modern vehicles are expensive, but one way to avoid headaches and purchasing a new ride is by properly maintaining your existing car or truck. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Not only can regular maintenance save you money but it can also prevent unexpected mechanical failures. Nobody wants to be stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night during a thunderstorm. Keeping up with your vehicle’s needs is critical to a happy ownership experience and fortunately there’s quite a bit the average motorist can do to keep their ride running in tip-top shape.
Technology advances at a rapid rate and unless you can afford to buy a new car once or twice a year, chances are your current vehicle may be lacking some of the latest gadgets.
Well, the aftermarket is always willing and able to help you out. With more accessories, gadgets and conveniences available than anyone could ever use, we’ve listed fifteen of the most useful aftermarket accessories below.
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