The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash test scores for the newest convertibles. The tests are pretty surprising since the new BMW 3-Series only received a marginal score, while the new Chrysler Sebring received good ratings in the crash tests. Apparently a higher price does not always mean you are getting a better car.
The new Volvo C70 and the Saab 9-3 earned the “Top Safety Pick” award among all of the convertibles that were tested. These two convertibles earned high scores in rear, side and frontal impacts.
The lowest rated convertible was the Pontiac G6, which received a marginal rating for side and rear impacts. The G6 did receive an acceptable rating in the frontal crash tests.
The BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 also performed poorly in the tests due to poor results in the side and rear impact tests.
The Chrysler Sebring and Mitsubishi Eclipse received good ratings in side and frontal impact tests. This shows that spending twice as much for a convertible Sebring vs BMW 3-Series does not always mean that you will have a safer car. Both of these “cheaper” convertibles performed better than the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4.
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