Best, worst small cars for safety

By News Staff

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Some of the most popular small vehicles on the road have been put to the test and nearly half of them flunked. It's a new kind of crash test, devised by the Insurance institute for highway safety that stimulates what happens when the corner of your car is hit.

The KIA Forte had the most horrible crash with the instrument panel slamming into the head of the test dummy. Chevrolets Sonic and Cruze along with the Volkswagen beetle and Nissan Sentra were all rated marginal and poor. For the best cars, Honda Civic got the highest crash test rating because nothing smashed into the passenger compartment. Also testing well were the Ford focus and Hyundai Elantra.

Below are the results of the 12 cars tested:

Overall: GOOD

1. Honda Civic 4 – Door

Structure: Good

Restraints and kinematics: Good

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Acceptable

 

Overall: GOOD

2. Honda Civic 2 – Door

Structure: Good

Restraints and kinematics: Good

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Marginal

 

Overall: Acceptable

3. Dodge Dart

Structure: Acceptable

Restraints and kinematics: Marginal

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Good

 

Overall: Acceptable

4. Ford Focus

Structure: Marginal

Restraints and kinematics: Acceptable

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Good

 

Overall: Acceptable

5. Hyundai Elantra

Structure: Marginal

Restraints and kinematics: Acceptable

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Good

 

Overall: Acceptable

6. Scion tC

Structure: Marginal

Restraints and kinematics: Acceptable

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Acceptable

 

Overall: Marginal

7. Chevrolet Sonic

Structure: Acceptable

Restraints and kinematics: Marginal

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Marginal

 

Overall: Marginal

8. Volkswagen Beetle

Structure: Acceptable

Restraints and kinematics: Poor

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Good

 

Overall: Marginal

9. Chevrolet Cruze

Structure: Poor

Restraints and kinematics: Marginal

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Good

 

Overall: Poor

10. Nissan Sentra

Structure: Poor

Restraints and kinematics: Marginal

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Acceptable

Lower leg and foot: Marginal

 

Overall: Poor

11. Kia Soul

Structure: Poor

Restraints and kinematics: Poor

Head and neck: Good

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Good

Lower leg and foot: Marginal

 

Overall: Poor

12. Kia Forte 2014

Structure: Poor

Restraints and kinematics: Poor

Head and neck: Acceptable

Chest: Good

Hip and thigh: Poor

Lower leg and foot: Marginal

 

Photo courtesy: International institute of Highway safety

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