IIHS Crash Testing Of Small Cars Reveals New “Top Safety Pick” Models

The Insur­ance Insti­tute for High­way Safe­ty (IIHS) has com­plet­ed its lat­est round of crash tests, exam­in­ing 12 small vehi­cles that typ­i­cal­ly sell in low vol­umes. Only one of the test­ed mod­els earned the high­est rat­ing of “Top Safe­ty Pick+” due to its crash-test per­for­mance and avail­able col­li­sion-warn­ing sys­tem, while five addi­tion­al mod­els received a “Top Safe­ty Pick” rat­ing. The remain­ing six small cars did not qual­i­fy for rec­om­men­da­tion by the IIHS.

Accord­ing to the IIHS, the 2014 Chevro­let Volt receives a “Top Safe­ty Pick+” rat­ing. It joins the2014 Hon­da Civic Sedan, 2014 Maz­da 3, 2014 Toy­ota Prius, 2015 Volk­swa­gen Golf 4-door, and2015 Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI 4-door as the only small cars to receive this rat­ing.

To earn a “Top Safe­ty Pick” in 2014, a vehi­cle must receive an “Accept­able” or a “Good” rat­ing in the  small over­lap frontal off­set crash-test, com­bined with “Good” rat­ings in all oth­er assess­ments.

The newest mem­bers of the club include:
♦ 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid
♦ 2014 Mini Coop­er Coun­try­man
♦ 2014 Mit­subishi Lancer exclud­ing Ral­liart or Evo­lu­tion vari­ants
♦ 2014 and 2015 Scion FR-S
♦ 2014–2015 Sub­aru BRZ

The Hyundai Veloster and the Scion xB received “Mar­gin­al” rat­ings in the small over­lap frontal-impact test.

The remain­ing four mod­els each earned a “Poor” rat­ing in the small over­lap frontal-impact test.
♦ 
Fiat 500L
♦ Maz­da 5
♦ Nis­san Juke
♦ Nis­san Leaf

The IIHS began assess­ing vehi­cles for small over­lap frontal-impact crash pro­tec­tion in 2012. Designed to repli­cate what hap­pens when a vehi­cle trav­el­ing 40 mph col­lides with oncom­ing traf­fic, a tree, or a util­i­ty pole on the front left cor­ner, this test bypass­es the main front crush-zone struc­tures on a mod­ern vehi­cle, mak­ing it hard­er for the vehi­cle to man­age crash ener­gy. Vehi­cles that per­form well in this test are, in the esti­ma­tion of the IIHS, safer than vehi­cles that do not.

 

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