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Honda, Tesla receive top safety ratings from IIHS and NHTSA

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 12:09:25 PM

Recently, both the Honda Civic and the Tesla Model S received fantastic reviews, while Tesla's premier electric car joined elite company as one of the safest cars ever tested.

When choosing which vehicle to purchase, automotive financing could introduce more options for buyers. Picking one of these two vehicles would be an understandable choice, after the stellar remarks from both the Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

In August, the IIHS released its results from the small car overlap front crash test, a rigorous exam designed to best demonstrate safety. Only the Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe earned a top score for small cars, as well as picking up the best possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.

In addition, the NHTSA not only gave the Tesla Model S a 5-star rating like the Honda Civic, but in every tested category as well. In fact, roughly one percent of every vehicle ever tested has received a score this high. 

While the electric car from the independent vehicle manufacturer excelled in its own class, it also beat every SUV and minivan.

What the score means is that Tesla now offers the vehicle with the lowest chance of injury to its occupants, something any buyer might want to consider when using auto financing.