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Rear cameras show benefits

New research shows the technology can help drivers avoid backover crashes.

Midsize SUVs collapse in test

Most tested for small overlap protection fail to hold up. Only two models earn good ratings.

Truck underride guards can fail

Guards on modern semitrailers do a good job preventing cars from sliding underneath, but in certain crashes the danger remains high.

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September 18, 2014

VW Jetta improves in small overlap test

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to a structural upgrade to improve small overlap protection and the addition of an optional front crash prevention system.

September 16, 2014

Kia improves safety of 2 small cars

The Kia Soul, previously rated poor in the IIHS small overlap front test, now earns a good rating, thanks to structural improvements. The Kia Forte also improved, but only to a marginal rating.

August 21, 2014

Honda Fit overcomes setback in small overlap test

The 2015 Honda Fit earns an acceptable rating in the small overlap front test and qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. It's a significant improvement over the previous generation Fit, which earned a poor rating in the test.

August 19, 2014

Subaru Legacy, Outback improve in small overlap test

The redesigned Subaru Legacy earns a good rating in the small overlap front crash test, with top marks across the board. The rating also applies to the station wagon version, the Subaru Outback, and both vehicles qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

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