The 2011 Toyota Highlander, Venza and Volkswagen’s Jetta receives the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new crash-test rating system, what the safety agency announced yesterday.
According to Carloversmagazine.com, the overall composite score for the Jetta and Highlander are the same: four-star frontal, four-star rollover and a five-star rating for the combined side pole and barrier tests. The side barrier test is an area where other vehicles have shown weakness with the safety agency’s new testing format. The side pole test simulates a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the driver’s side A-pillar. The Venza receives nearly the same composite score as the Toyota SUV and VW, but in the frontal test, it receives only a three-star rating.