The 2001 Volkswagen Passat 4-door received 5 star ratings for both the Frontal Driver And Frontal Passenger side ratings tests done by the NHTSA’s new Car Assessment Program (NCAP). 5 stars is the highest ratings given by the NCAP tests. What is NCAP? NCAP is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NCAP rates vehicles of many makes and models to determine their crash and rollover safety. Their ratings are created with data gathered during controlled crash and rollover tests conducted at NHTSA’s research facilities. Vehicles with the highest ratings receive a 5-Star Rating.
NCAP has been around since 1978. Their primary purpose is to provide consumers with a measure of the relative safety of vehicles in frontal crashes. Since then, side crash rating results and rollover ratings were added beginning with 2001 and newer vehicles.