It appears that great gas mileage – or no gas mileage at all – and safety can go hand-in-hand, according to the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing results.
The group recently gave the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Prime its top scores, Top Safety Pick Plus, to the two plug in hybrids. It also took the time to rate the Tesla Model S and BMW i3 all-electric vehicles and noted that those fell just short of earning that “Plus” distinction.
“There’s no reason the most efficient vehicles can’t also be among the safest,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. The Prius Prime is the more miserly of the two getting 54 mpg while the Volt came in at 42 mpg. (more…)