The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says none of the 13 midsize ’04 models it tested earned a “best pick” designation for side-impact crashworthiness. Two models earned “good” ratings, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, while the Chevrolet Malibu was rated “acceptable.” All the other models tested earned “poor” grades, the lowest on the IIHS’ scale. “We simply haven’t made the same progress in protecting people in side impacts as we have in frontal crashes,” says IIHS President ...

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