The 2014 Chevrolet Volt has been awarded the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Out of the 32 small cars tested by IIHS, the 2014 Chevy Volt was the only one to receive the TSP+ rating. However, its overall score was “Acceptable,” which is the second highest rating by the IIHS, just behind “Good.”
The reason the Volt received the TSP+ rating was because it not only performed well in the IIHS's small overlap front crash test, but it also was the only vehicle in this category that came with an optional forward collision warning system.
Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research, said “GM should be commended for the Volt's performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”
Established in 2012, the small overlap front crash is seen as the IIHS's most difficult test, because it uses a corner of the vehicle – rather than the whole front end – to evaluate the car's crash worthiness. In the real world, where some people drive cars into trees or other stationary objects, this test is seen as most relevant.
While the 2014 Chevrolet Volt passed the test with flying colors, another mainstream electric car, the 2014 Nissan LEAF didn't fare so well, receiving an overall “Poor” rating. The only small car to get an overall “Good” rating in this test was the 2014 MINI Cooper Countryman, which missed out on the TSP+ rating because it doesn't offer a forward collision warning system.