Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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If safety is your main concern, you should consider the ratings, opinions and test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the independent Web site informedforlife.org.

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Ford FlexIIHS Top Safety Pick

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The seven-seat Ford Flex is tops when it comes to safety. The wagon-like SUV was rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also scored "good," the highest rating, in the Institute's test for front, side and rear impact. In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Ford Flex received five stars for all tests for front and side impact as well as a four star rollover rating. Standard equipment includes side-impact and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, rear backup sensors, electronic stability and traction control. New for 2010 is MyKey, a standard safety feature that lets owners set top speed, stereo volume and additional seat belt warnings for a driver using a specific key. Go »
Honda Pilot5 stars: front & side impact

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the Honda Pilot high in its crash tests, giving it five stars for all front and side impact tests as well as a four-star rollover rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranked it as "good," the highest score, in its front, side and rear impact tests. After a thorough redesign for 2009, the 2010 Pilot has no significant changes. Standard safety equipment includes side-impact and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Available safety features on the eight-seater include a rearview backup camera. Go »
Infiniti EX35IIHS Top Safety Pick

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The Infiniti EX35 offers a wide range of standard and available safety features. Named as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the EX35 was rated "good," the best score, in the Institute's front, side and rear impact tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the EX35 five stars in its side impact tests, and four stars for front impact tests and as a rollover rating. Standard safety features include side-impact and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, a rearview parking camera, electronic stability and traction control. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system and a forward collision warning system with intelligent braking. Go »
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