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 |  Feb 26 2014, 10:32 AM

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Safety, apparently it’s important to a lot of people. Who knew? Aside from elegant design and a top-notch interior Audi A6 drivers have something else to crow about; the Bavarian four-door just received a five-star rating from the folks at U.S. NCAP, the highest score available.

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 |  Dec 16 2013, 8:32 AM

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Kia’s 2014 Sedona minivan is one of the latest vehicles to earn a five-star crash safety rating.

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 |  Sep 20 2013, 2:45 PM

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There are seven Chevrolet vehicles that scored a five-star overall safety rating in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program testing.

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 |  May 21 2013, 7:31 AM

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The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has been awarded a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

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 |  Jan 04 2012, 7:30 PM

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The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is besting the competition for safety ratings, for now. The little sub-compact Sonic scored a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to beat out the Ford Fiesta, which only scored four out of five.

Safety isn’t the only thing we’re pleased to say makes the Sonic great, it’s a peppy starter car that comes available with a six-speed manual and a turbocharged four-cylinder that had us scooting past the speed limit with surprising ease. It also comes with 10 standard airbags.

The Sonic still has to go up against its other competition: this year’s Kia Rio and Honda Fit, which both have yet to be rated. The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan also still has to be rated, but the verdict isn’t looking good for its hatchback brother with three of five in the frontal crash category and four of five in rollovers.

Poor ratings aside, the Sonic hasn’t won the race yet. It got four out of five stars in the rollover category, so there is still a chance the unrated cars can equal or best it.

Of course, that rating is coming hot off the heels of a recall over missing brake pads in the Sonic. We’re willing to assume the rating is based on completely assembled cars.

The Sonic is also a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Read Autoguide’s Chevy Sonic review here.