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Auto Grades are car rankings based on real-life crash data, not controlled experiments in laboratories. For the first time ever, The Auto Professor empowers car buyers with unbiased, real information about a car’s actual performance in protecting real people on the road.

Each Auto Grade is based on a vehicle’s historical crash experience, i.e. which drivers walked away from the worst crashes and which did not. Using 30 years of extensive auto safety knowledge coupled with data mining expertise and federal crash statistics, the data scientists at The Auto Professor have evaluated the historical protection level of over 4,000 make-model-model year vehicles.

Applying an easy-to-understand ranking from A (the best protection) to F (the worst protection), The Auto Professor gives you the power to compare the ranking of small cars versus midsize SUVs versus pickup trucks. No fine print, no restrictions…just meaningful differences.

Auto Grades are car rankings based on real-life crash data, not controlled experiments in laboratories. For the first time ever, The Auto Professor empowers car buyers with unbiased, real information about a car’s actual performance in protecting real people on the road.

What is the difference between the Star Safety ratings and the Top Safety Picks?

Both base their ratings on crashes in a laboratory, they just use different types of crashes. Both ratings are within certain classes, such as small sedans or midsize SUVs. The ratings cannot be compared. Auto Grades is the only safety rating system that lets you compare all cars against each other.

What does a 5-Star Safety rating mean?

A 5-Star Safety rating means that the car performed very well in some laboratory tests. But buyer beware. These ratings are not very general. The ratings of sedans cannot be compared to ratings of SUV’s because they are not similar vehicles. Auto Grades, the only general safety rating system based on real crash statistics, lets you compare all cars against each other.

What does a Top Safety Pick+ mean?

A Top Safety Pick+ rating means that the car performed very well in some laboratory tests.  The symbol “+” is given when equipped with certain headlights and driver assist technologies. But buyer beware. These ratings are not very general. The ratings of sedans cannot be compared to ratings of SUV’s because they are not similar vehicles. Auto Grades, the only general safety rating system based on real crash statistics, lets you compare all cars against each other.

What is the best car safety rating system?

Auto Grades is the best safety rating system because it is personal. Based on real crash statistics, you can get ratings by gender and age. No other rating systems lets you compare all cars against each other.

Each Auto Grade is based on a vehicle’s historical crash experience, i.e. which drivers walked away from the worst crashes and which did not. Using 30 years of extensive auto safety knowledge coupled with data mining expertise and federal crash statistics, the data scientists at The Auto Professor have evaluated the historical protection level of over 4,000 make-model-model year vehicles.

Applying an easy-to-understand ranking from A (the best protection) to F (the worst protection), The Auto Professor gives you the power to compare the ranking of small cars versus midsize SUVs versus pickup trucks. No fine print, no restrictions…just meaningful differences.

Working together to create a world where everyone walks away from a crash.