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The Safest Cars Of 2011
The Tesla Model S is a four-door electric sedan set for sale in 2012. It'll go 300 zero-emission miles on one charge and get to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, all for $57,000--a bargain-basement price compared with the $95,900 Fisker Karma or the $109,000 Tesla Roadster. But Tesla Vice President and Chief Engineer Peter Rawlinson knows he'll have to convince Americans that the car is safe before he has any chance of persuading them to actually buy it.
That's why the Model S' bare aluminum body--and its steel bumpers--were on clear display at the North American International Auto Show last week.
In a study released this month Consumer Reports found that 65% of consumers rate safety among their top three priorities when considering a car, the highest of any purchase consideration factor. (Quality came in as the second-highest factor, with 57% of respondents saying they cared about it most.) Those safety-conscious drivers would do well to consider the BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS or Subaru Legacy--we rate them as three of the safest cars on the road today.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/2011/01/.....autos.html