The Difference between the NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings

When you shop for a new vehicle, safety is often a deciding factor in making the decision to buy one model over another. At Honda World, we know that a more informed buyer will be a happier car owner, so we want you to know about the vehicle safety ratings that exist.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one of two major independent safety tests. They conduct three crash tests: A frontal crash and two side-impacts crash scenarios. Based on the likelihood of injuries, the NHTSA gives each vehicle a rating of one to five stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts crash tests as well, and they give vehicles a rating of Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, or Good depending on the results. They test each vehicle in five different crash scenarios, making their test a bit more comprehensive.

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