Is There a Difference Between IIHS and NHTSA Safety Testing?

When comparing a vehicle's safety ratings, you might notice there's sometimes a difference between its ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). What's the difference between their tests?

The NHTSA's five-star rating system is a combination of results for three different tests: A frontal impact at 35 mph, a side impact with a 3,000-pound vehicle moving at 38 mph, and another side impact with a pole while moving 20 mph. The IIHS uses five crash tests that measure a car's performance in more situations than the NHTSA's testing.

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