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NHTSA Crash Tests: Frontal and Side

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Side impact with pole:

I especially like that the window wipers are tested to make sure they work after the side impact. Whimsical.

Edit: Nevermind, looks like the wipers came on from the impact. Not as whimsical. Really digging the matte white interior, though.
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If I remember correctly, the 2017 Volt is the only IIHS Top Safety 'Pick+' and NHTSA 5/5/5/5 Star rating out of all domestic cars so far. Only some imports scored as well.
*makes mental note to reference this thread when someone complains about poor visibility due to the A-pillar.*

Not that the visibility complaints are not valid, but the tradeoff is reasonable.
It depends on how many accidents reduced visibility causes.

The safest vehicle is the one that doesn't hit things. A Yugo that doesn't crash is safer than a Volvo that does.
I acknowledged there is a tradeoff, but now that I'm used to the blindspot, I think that tradeoff is reasonable.
It's not just the Volt. This is where all are cars are going. I'm surprised you are still allowed to buy convertibles.
If you go to IIHS' website, they have measurements for everything. You can compare against other vehicles. I believe the S90 and Model S are good benchmarks to look at.
Does the IIHS have a rating for the Tesla Model S? Pretty sure the 7 seater would fail the rear collision test, which is something the NHTSA does not test. Not sure the 5 seater would pass either.
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