• Top 2 Best Crash Test Rating Diesel Cars

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one of the primary providers of crash test ratings. The NHTSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. It conducts crash tests on many of the new vehicles sold in the U.S., scoring all vehicles on a star system, with 5 stars being the best. Many consumers may be familiar with the NHTSA’s rating system, as auto manufacturers typically use this in their advertising materials.

    The following are 2 of the best performing 2010 model year diesel cars in the NHTSA’s crash tests:

    • Volkswagen Jetta TDI – The Volkswagen Jetta TDI was given a 4 star rating for front driver, front passenger and rollover collisions, and a 5 star rating for side driver and side rear passenger collisions. The Jetta TDI comes standard with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), 6 airbags, and what Volkswagen calls a “Crash Optimized Front End,” which is designed to absorb the impact of a collision, so less force is transferred to the passenger compartment. Furthermore, buyers have the option to add 2 additional airbags (for a total of 8). More information can be found on Volkswagen’s website.
    • BMW 335d – Like the Volkswagen, recent NHTSA crash tests scored the BMW 335d 4 stars for front driver, front passenger and rollover collisions, and 5 stars for side driver and side rear passenger collisions. The 335d has ABS, Active Headrests and driver and passenger front and side airbags. Additionally, the BMW has a front and rear passenger Head Protection System, which protects the head and neck of all passengers in the event of a severe side-impact collision. Buyers can learn more about the 335d by accessing BMW’s website.

    Since diesel cars are not as popular in the United States as elsewhere in the world, the 2 mentioned above are some of the only new car options available. However, all full-size trucks offered by American manufacturers have diesel options. The NHTSA did not crash test any of the full-size diesel trucks (Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD, Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty, and Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500) for model years 2009 or 2010. However, these manufacturer’s non-diesel, slightly smaller full-size truck offerings (Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, and Dodge Ram 1500) all scored 4- and 5-star ratings in recent NHTSA crash tests. It would be fair to say that their diesel counterparts would score similarly.

    Auto manufacturers spend millions of dollars developing safety technology. In fact, vehicle safety is a great source of pride for them. It takes center stage in most vehicle advertisements, and occupies large portions of manufacturer websites and marketing materials. Many buyers place greater emphasis on vehicle safety than on factors such as performance, reliability and even price. Each model year brings new advances in safety technology, further improving a vehicle’s crash test rating. 

    Vehicle safety has always been an important consideration for buyers of both new and used vehicles. Consumers should use the Internet to research the independent crash test results of any vehicle being considered for purchase.