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There you go, safety first :D;)

The award is part of the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program, and further cements Chevrolet’s lead as having more five-star rated vehicles in its lineup than any other auto brand in the United States. This also means the Trax is among one of the safest vehicles in the ever-expanding small crossover segment, which by the way is expected to expand by eighty percent in the next few years.

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax uses high-strength steel wherever it can be utilized, especially in critical A-pillar areas of the vehicle. In all, sixty-six percent of the car is composed of high-strength steel. The Trax also makes use of ten standard air bags and a rear-view camera. Rear park assist is also an option.

“The Trax is the perfect example of Chevrolet’s commitment to putting state-of-the-art technology and class-leading safety features where it matters most for the customer,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet.
 

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At this point a five star rating isn't that much of a draw to the car, but vehicles that get 4 or even lower than that are at a huge disadvantage. It seems that a 5 star safety rating is a necessary but not sufficient condition to having a successful model.
 

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I don't know. 5 stars seems to be the industry standard, which is both good and bad. Most people wouldn't want to buy a vehicle thats less than 4 stars unless they have to from janky used car lots, but I've actually driven 3 star cars before that I've actually liked a lot, even if they might have been less than ideal. Safety is a definite concern of mine, but I also like to have a vehicle that feels powerful, even if a bit more dangerous in the event of a crash.
 

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I can't even imagine that a 3 star vehicle would make it to the market these days. I don't know who would buy such a vehicle either. You've got to have at least 4 stars, and most have 5 I'm sure.
 

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When it comes to value sometimes safety can be overlooked. Say if you're someone looking for the cheapest new car to buy, chances are you might have to throw safety out the window.
 

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But I don't think that any automaker wants their products to seem like if you are poor, you can't afford to be safe. I don't think it looks good for the whole brand.
 

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I don't know. 5 stars seems to be the industry standard, which is both good and bad. Most people wouldn't want to buy a vehicle thats less than 4 stars unless they have to from janky used car lots, but I've actually driven 3 star cars before that I've actually liked a lot, even if they might have been less than ideal. Safety is a definite concern of mine, but I also like to have a vehicle that feels powerful, even if a bit more dangerous in the event of a crash.
thats where it gets interesting right. whats a 5 star worth if everyone has a 5 star?
 
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