Understanding Vehicle Safety Ratings

Two bodies govern vehicle safety ratings; one, the NHTSA, is operated by the federal government. The other is a non-profit organization known as the IIHS. Each body performs its own set of tests and has a proprietary rating system.

The NHTSA uses a simplified star system to rate vehicles on three different safety measurements, rollovers, frontal impacts and side impacts. A rating of five stars indicates the vehicle rates highly in safety. The overall score a car receives from the NHTSA is a combined rating of these three tests. The IIHS rates vehicles using a four-part system from Poor, Marginal, Acceptable or Good. Front and side impacts are measured along with roof strength and impact alert systems.

Stop by MINI of Charleston in Charleston, SC to take one of our vehicles out on the road for a test drive. Our car specialists are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the vehicle's safety rating.

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