Video: Study Shows Mid-Sized Cars Getting Safer

From WRAL TV: Mid-sized cars are getting safer, in part due to side airbag protection, according to a new study released Thursday. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested seven mid-sized cars, both moderately price and luxury. The cars tested were the Chevrolet Malibu, Dodge Avenger, Infiniti G35, Kia Optima, Mitsubishi Galant, Nissan Altima and Saturn Aura. All of the vehicles, except for the Kia Optima, earned the top-rating for side crash protection. The ratings are a huge improvement over the last time mid-sized cars were checked. The difference is likely because side airbags are now standard in many vehicles. All seven cars earned the highest rating for front crashes.

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Video: Did You See Transformers 2 this Weekend? Post Your Astra Impressions!

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

The Saturn Astra played a starring role on the big screen this weekend in Transformers 2. According to Edmunds.com, "a modified Saturn Astra hatch provides the getaway for Fox and LaBeouf when an alien is on their tail." We've previously seen clips of a silver Astra on the set of the movie at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and in this movie trailer. Now, there's a fourth clip on YouTube that features the Astra. Have you seen the movie? Post your review, along with how you think the Astra played its part.