You may not typically think of a sports car coming in at the top of safety ratings lists, but when it comes to quick braking, quick response time, and emergency handling, sportier vehicles rank higher in these tests, while large trucks and SUVs tend to be slower to respond and more difficult to maneuver. It’s not fancy science, just the practical truth!
Consumer Reports performs a series of crucial emergency driving tests including on-limit handling, avoidance maneuver, and a series of brake tests to determine how controllable, secure, and forgiving (or not) the car is. In these tests, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT ranked number one in stopping distance and ranked in the top ten for the avoidance maneuver.
The Corvette Stingray 3LT was able to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in an impressive 107 feet, and was able to complete the maneuver test at 57.5 mph. According to autos.yahoo.com, “The avoidance maneuver is a ‘path-following test’ in which the driver pilots the car down a lane marked off by traffic cones with a quick left-right-left sequence. That simulates swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road, then returning to the original lane to avoid oncoming traffic. The car threads through the course, without throttle or brakes, at ever-higher speeds until it can’t get through without hitting any cones.” Because of the way that test is performed, the higher the speed, the better the handling and the higher the ranking.
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