Chevrolet Volt Is The Only U.S.-Made, American Car To Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

10 months ago by Eric Loveday 40

2017 Chevy Volt IIHS Test Results

2017 Chevy Volt IIHS Test Results

A few months back, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt received a Top Safety Pick + rating in IIHS crash safety testing.

Small Overlap Test - The Hardest Test To Pass

Small Overlap Test – The Hardest Test To Pass

As it turns out, the Volt is the only U.S.-made automobile from an American automaker to receive the top rating from the IIHS.

In fact, only three vehicles from American automakers received the Top Safety Pick + rating. Those three vehicles include the made-in-Michigan Chevy Volt, the made-in-China Buick Envision and the made-in-Canada Chrysler Pacifica.

The vast majority of the vehicles that received the Top Safety Pick + rating were Toyotas (9 models) and Honda (5 models). Only a total of 38 vehicles received the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick + rating this year.

Bloomberg states:

“To get the designation, the industry-funded organization now requires “acceptable” or “good” results in its engineers’ tests of how well roads can be seen in the dark. IIHS said it added the evaluation because government standards allow for wide variation in real-world performance and about half of traffic deaths happen in the dark or at dawn or dusk. Automatic emergency braking and good ratings on crash tests are included in consideration.”

If you’re wondering how the Tesla Model S or X (U.S.-made by an American automaker) fared, well…you’ll have to wait awhile to find out. The IIHS is currently testing a Model S and will post crash test/safety results in the coming weeks.

Source: Bloomberg

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40 responses to "Chevrolet Volt Is The Only U.S.-Made, American Car To Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating"

  1. Nelson says:

    Since the testing of all cars is not finalized, this post Title should include “thus far”.

    NPNS! SBF!
    Volt#671

    1. mx says:

      Which brings up the Cruz. Has that been tested?
      It should generate the same approximate score.

  2. Ziv says:

    I don’t know of any other car that has a safety record as great as that of the Volt. For the first 4 years of Volt production, not one person died in a Volt accident. Not one. And when it finally did happen this year, it only happened because some idiot was doing 100 mph in a 35 mph zone and T-Boned a Volt at 70 some miles per hour. Sadly 3 people paid the price for the BMW drivers stupidity.

    http://insideevs.com/tragic-crash-involving-chevrolet-volt-claims-lives-of-3-occupants/

    1. bro1999 says:

      Sad story. That Volt involved was a 2016.

      I don’t believe there has been a single fatality involving a Gen 1 Volt yet. And people have tried getting themselves killed in one!

      http://www.hybridcars.com/video-stolen-chevy-volt-leads-la-police-on-harrowing-street-chase/

        1. Bill Howland says:

          Yeah, but Joel, He just said that was a GEN 2 (2016-2017 model). Not a GEN 1. They are very different cars.

          1. Rennie Allen says:

            Yes, the gen one, may go down in history as the best American car made to date, not just for safety, but for its reliability and efficiency.

            The gen one will definitely outperform the gen two when it comes to reliability (because of the gen two’s chain drive). The gen two probably has a slight edge in efficiency over the 2015, but given the 300,000 miles you can *expect* from the gen one, I don’t think the efficiency edge outweighs the reliability of the gen one.

            1. Paul Smith says:

              Hard to compare the gen 1 Volt to all other American cars for number of accidents considering how few were made compared.

              As for the 2017s the Buick Envision also got the top rating, but it is built in China.

            2. James says:

              I drove the Gen 2 Volt and was not interested at all. I don’t know why they made it look like another Chevy fleet car. It’s not that I love the Gen 1 looks, but at least it looks like something different, something interesting. After my lease was up I ended up buying another Gen 1. I just charge it more:) Also, it just feels more like a tank than the Gen 2, but that’s my humble opinion.

              1. John M says:

                Of course it feels more like a tank, it’s 250 lbs heavier.

    2. WadeTyhon says:

      Tragic story. 🙁

      But very interesting about no fatalities prior to that incident. Good to know we picked a safe car.

    3. DonC says:

      Some people shouldn’t be allowed the drive. The driver seemed like an oK kid but lacking the necessary judgement needed when behind the wheel.

      I’m surprised the Model S didn’t get the designation. Got great scores and it has automatic front braking.

      1. End Result says:

        Unfortunately through example we are teaching our children that they do not need to obey the law – clearly from watching their parents and the other drivers on the road it is OK to speed.

        1. Bacardi says:

          “Need for entertainment” & “Rules like speed limits don’t apply to them” are traits of a sociopath/psychopath in which there’s little their parents could do…

          When he gets out, my money’s on he will drive again regardless if he’s issued a license or not…

      2. Ziv says:

        The kid (actually 20 years old, so he will pay like an adult) later seemed to understand just how horrifically he had messed up, but learning common sense AFTER you kill 3 people is way too late. He got 2 negligent driving tickets in the years before this crime and then his father apparently bought him an M series BMW.

        And this coming from someone who loves to drive fast. But I always try to consider what to do to minimize the chances of someone else getting hurt due to my driving.

  3. goodbyegascar says:

    As a top safety pick, the Chevy Volt is truly a “no compromises” plug-in car for those of us who cannot yet afford to buy a Tesla.

    Kudos to the engineers and designers at GM.

    1. Bacardi says:

      Except GM can’t seem to get the bugs out…In the Gen2 Volt forums, the car has been in customer hands just over a year and there are already 20 stickies showing problems…We have an average of someone reporting a dead Volt displaying “shift to park” every other week…They have nearly another year to release the MY18, let’s hope they get the bugs out!

      1. s says:

        Had a 2013 Volt for 3 years and a 2016 for half a year so far, with only one issue on the old car – after leaving it unplugged over 4 weeks in sub-freezing temperatures, it wouldn’t charge when I plugged it back in when I came back. Dealership fixed it quickly with a software change.

        It still wouldn’t call it “no compromises” though – it’s a bit too small, and it burns gas occasionally.

      2. Koenigsegg says:

        Cool story

        I’ve had my Gen 2 Volt since January 24th and I have not had a single problem. Car has been flawless.

      3. Alex says:

        Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal. People with problems generally shout the loudest. That being said, I also have had 0 issues with my Gen 2 Volt. Along with the majority of Volt owners that have been polled.

        1. Bacardi says:

          http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?266321-How-many-times-have-you-had-to-have-your-Gen-2-serviced

          Majority is over 50%; current PRIVATE poll is at 61% of zero issues…I’m also fairly folks who don’t own a Gen2 skewed the poll as they have been caught in PUBLIC polls in the past…

          For the record I voted and documented my “shift to park” issue at 53 miles…

          1. lewl says:

            The very fact that this is a poll asking on a volt message board how many times you had your volt in the shop is going to be extremely biased towards people who had issues in the shop
            1) those with issues are more likely to search the internet and register at such places – majority of owners that are trouble free will never visit that site
            2) those who don’t have issues are likely to not vote in the poll, those that have are.

            Therefore, it’s basically useless.
            If you want a true indication of the number of problems you need to randomly survey from a pool of all owners and have a mandatory response (or again, those who are having issues are going to be more likely to respond vs those that aren’t)

            I’m not saying there aren’t issues. But I’m saying it’s blown way out of proportion if you’re looking at things like that poll.

            tldr;
            Polls like this are not scientific; basically meaningless and could even be the opposite result when compared to the reality of a population.

            1. Bacardi says:

              “you need to randomly survey from a pool of all owners and have a mandatory response”

              Or someone just needs to become a mind reader…Neither will happen, we won’t ever have a “true indication”…Polls are better than nothing and in the comment section of the poll there are some very huge fans of the Volt who detailed their unexpected service visits…

              I am simply pointing out the facts, GM has plenty of time get this right…

        2. mx says:

          Consumer Reports is rating the 2017 as “much worse than average”.

        3. Neromanceres says:

          I too have had zero issues with my 2017 Volt in over 8 months of ownership and 11,000 miles on the odo. So far better than my Gen I Volt which had a few minor issues.

          Also (for members only) True Delta is so far showing zero reported issues for 2017 Volts.

          2016’s are showing 27 Trips per 100 cars (which is fairly average).

          1. mx says:

            What is True Delta???

  4. Josh Bryant says:

    Good to hear IIHS is finally testing Model S. You would think insurers would have wanted the results for rate a long time ago.

    1. jelloslug says:

      They are testing the i3 also.

      1. Josh Bryant says:

        Maybe there is some sort of trigger based on annual or cumulative sales before they initiate testing.

      2. Thanks, somehow missed that last bit.

  5. This may be a dumb question … Did none of the Tesla Motors models make IIHS Top Safety Picks list?

    After all Tesla is American company having vehicles scoring very high in NHTSA test result. Is there something I’m overlooking?

    1. John in AA says:

      Yes, the final paragraph of the article:

      “If you’re wondering how the Tesla Model S or X (U.S.-made by an American automaker) fared, well…you’ll have to wait awhile to find out. The IIHS is currently testing a Model S and will post crash test/safety results in the coming weeks.”

    2. Thanks, somehow missed that last bit.

  6. Bill Howland says:

    I wish Bob Lutz didn’t retire – I’m quite certain he was to ‘blame’ for the unheard-of reliability of the GEN 1 Volt, and by extension, the 2014 ELR – which has been pretty much flawless – no problems with the electric door latches at all.

    Lutz was severely criticized for micromanaging the design of the GEN 1. Like “You’re not a REAL engineer!” or “the battery is too sophisticated for its job, and therefore too expensive and unreliable”.

    “The car is way too expensive to be bought by the average car buyer”.

    I personally think he did a great job. I’m glad the GEN 2 volt is the only American Made “Safest Car”, but I bet it would have also been more reliable under Lutz’s Tutorage.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      I am not sure I agree with everything Lutz ever done.

      But I think 1 famous thing that Lutz ever did at GM was to change the culture by saying:” It is better to put $1,000 into the car than putting $2000 on the hood at the dealership”.

      So, it is basically turning around some of that GM cheapness in terms of nickle and dime the car’s content to undesirable level.

    2. Aseras says:

      My 2015 Volt is a dud, over 55 days in the shop. Confirmed total failure of the HV battery.

      Chevy didn’t care at all until I posted it all over social media and hit them with the lemon law.

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    “The vast majority of the vehicles that received the Top Safety Pick + rating were Toyotas (9 models) and Honda (5 models). Only a total of 38 vehicles received the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick + rating this year.”

    So, how many of the models were tested?

    In fact, a better statistics would be how many of the “made in America” models tested vs. how many of them got the IIHS top safety+ result would have been more impressive.

    In fact, IIHS doesn’t test all the models or they don’t even test all the new models. So, using that line is kind of distracting from the key point of how many cars are tested, among them how many are made in America and how many of them are American company models…

    Of course, this isn’t intend at taking anything away from the Volt.

    Volt is a great car and more people should buy it.

  8. TX NRG says:

    “In fact, only three vehicles from American automakers received the Top Safety Pick + rating. Those three vehicles include the made-in-Michigan Chevy Volt, the made-in-China Buick Envision and the made-in-Canada Chrysler Pacifica.”

    Shouldn’t that really be “only two”? Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is an Italian controlled company, incorporated in the Netherlands and headquartered in London.

  9. carguy says:

    Not all of the US models have been tested for 2017. If you look through the past years results you will find many US models in the top picks. Maybe they were waiting to test the US models last. Some models they just don’t test, like the 5 star rated Focus Electric. http://www.safercar.gov

  10. JAMES W COULTER says:

    I have 2013volt and it has been awesome 40.00 cost per year no maintenance and strong solid performance. Glad to hear its safety record is great. The icing on the cake.