What’s the Difference Between IIHS and NHTSA Ratings?

If you're somebody who spends a good amount of time searching for cars to purchase, there's a good chance you've run into the rating systems of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, what's the difference between the two systems?

The most important distinction between the two rating systems is the number of tests they each involve. For example, the NHTSA system has three tests: a frontal test, a side-impact assessment, and a rollover rating, the latter of which is more of a calculation of injury than an actual test.

On the other hand, the IIHS has 5 different tests for cars: a small-overlap front test, a moderate-overlap front test, a side test, a roof-strength test, a head-restraints-and-seats test, and a front-crash-prevention test. Want to check out the NHTSA and IIHS ratings for yourself? Stop by Skyline Mitsubishi for a test drive!

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