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2007 - 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Used Car Review
For 2007, Hyundai introduced its second-generation Santa Fe crossover with an all-new platform and smoother styling. Starting with the 2007 model year, the Santa Fe grew in size, bringing an optional third row of seats.
Positive crash scores from the IIHS are like milk and honey to auto manufacturers, but how do those ratings come to be?
Having revised its crash testing methods, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has now released its new findings on 55 vehicles, including the 2011 Honda Civic.
Although the Civic hasn’t been significantly updated since the 2006 model year, the new NHTSA methods, which include a ‘pole’ test, whereby the car is simulated in a 20 mph impact with a 10 foot pole or tree behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side, have resulted in some surprising changes to the car’s overall safety rating.
In the Civic’s case, it drops from a four-star overall rating in 2010, to three, largely due to a side impact test where it earned just two stars. Other small cars fared about the same or even worse – Honda’s new CR-Z received an overall three-star rating, while the Nissan Versa, garnered just two.
Even some larger cars didn’t do well, the best-selling Toyota Camry only garnering three stars overall. However, in the Civic’s defense, the current model is in the twilight of it’s existence, a re-designed 2012 model is due to debut (in concept form) at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.
[Source: USA Today]