August 26, 2015|Volume 50, Number 7

Cover story

Stopping power: IIHS rates 19 new models for front crash prevention

More than a dozen new cars and SUVs earn the highest rating of superior in the latest round of IIHS front crash prevention evaluations.

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July 30, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 6

Safety mettle: Aluminum-body Ford F-150 crew cab aces tests

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