Five of six redesigned midsize cars tested in 40-mph (64-km/h) frontal offset crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned “good” ratings. The ’04 models: Acura TL, Acura TSX, Nissan Maxima, Chevrolet Malibu and Mitsubishi Galant, garnered good ratings, with both Acuras and the Maxima earning a “best pick” designation. The Suzuki Verona rated “acceptable.” It had to be tested twice due to a problem with the airbag during the first test. The airbag initially didn’t ...

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