Acura TL, Volvo S60 Are First with Top Ratings in New IIHS Test
Infiniti G Also Passes, But Eight Others Don’t
Being named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is about to get a lot tougher—although not for the Acura TL and Volvo S60. Those two vehicles were the only ones to receive “good” grades in a new IIHS test of 11 near-premium/premium sedans from the 2012 model year. Of the others, the Infiniti G was rated as “acceptable”; the Acura TSX, BMW 3 Series, Lincoln MKZ, and Volkswagen CC received “marginal” scores; and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS 250/350, Audi A4 and Lexus ES 350 were saddled with “poor” marks.
So what’s this tough new test of automotive safety all about? Let’s take a look …