Many drivers we serve around San Diego and Escondido, CA believe that INFINITI cars are some of the best luxury cars on the road. We tend to agree, though we admit to a slight bias; we’re an INFINITI  dealership serving San Diego, CA, after all. But there are times we can point to objective third-party research that validates what we already knew. The collision testing done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) exemplifies that kind of data. 

The NHTSA is a division of the US Department of Transportation that conducts and underwrites car safety research, advises on best practices, and investigates automotive issues. The IIHS is an independent nonprofit funded by the insurance industry. Their research is available to the public, all in the interest of reducing property damage, injuries, and fatalities.

The NHTSA ranks vehicles from one to five stars across several categories, then issues an overall safety rating. They test cars for Frontal Crash, Side Crash, and Rollover safety. Unlike the IIHS, the NHTSA only advises on safety technology, but does not account for it in their scoring. Some of the technologies they recommend are Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Rearview Video Systems.

The IIHS uses five separate tests to rate car safety:

  1. Small overlap front
  2. Moderate overlap front
  3. Side
  4. Roof strength/rollover
  5. Head restraints/rear crash

Carmakers hope to be awarded the Top Safety Pick, which is given when a vehicle scores top marks in all tests and also includes basic front crash prevention. If a vehicle has advanced crash prevention and mitigation features and performs well in testing, it can qualify for the Top Safety Pick Plus rating.

Three 2017 INFINITI models have earned exceptional marks for safety. The 2017 INFINITI QX60 has an IIHS Top Safety Pick and five-star safety rating, as does the INFINITI Q70. For its part, the INFINITI Q50 also has a five-star NHTSA safety rating.

You can see these, and the rest of the new INFINITI lineup, at your San Diego INFINITI dealership. Call (858) 573-1700 or visit Kearny Mesa INFINITI at 4670 Convoy St in San Diego, CA. We hope to see you soon!