5-Star Cars: Audi Q8, Lincoln Nautilus Among Newest Crash-Test Champs

12-audi-q8-2019-oem.jpg 2019 Audi Q8 | Manufacturer image

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest updates to its vehicle crash-test rankings include a pair of new crossover SUVs: the 2019 Audi Q8 and Lincoln Nautilus. NHTSA conducts three different types of crash tests before giving a vehicle an overall score. It also examines available driver assistance features and notes when a vehicle can be equipped with any of the four it recommends — forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a backup camera and automatic emergency braking — though it doesn’t adjust safety rating based on the presence of any or all of the features.

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NHTSA’s three crash-test ratings measure a vehicle’s frontal- and side-crash performance, and its resistance to potentially rolling over. The frontal-crash test is a simulated 35 mph head-on crash into another vehicle, while the side-crash test is broken into two scenarios: a simulation of a T-bone crash of another vehicle into the test vehicle, and the test vehicle “sliding off the road” and colliding with a simulated telephone pole just in front of the driver’s door. Rollover testing is based on a static measurement of just how prone a vehicle is to tipping over during an evasive maneuver.

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These 2019 vehicles all received five-star overall ratings in the latest round of testing:

  • 2019 Audi Q8 with all-wheel drive
  • 2019 Hyundai Kona with front- or all-wheel drive
  • 2019 Lexus ES 300h
  • 2019 Lexus ES 350
  • 2019 Lincoln Navigator with rear-wheel drive
  • 2019 Lincoln Nautilus with all-wheel drive
  • 2019 Nissan Murano with front- or all-wheel drive
  • 2019 Toyota Avalon
  • 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

For more details on NHTSA’s testing procedures or to see how your car performed in testing, head to

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