The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a front crash test on a group of minicars from popular automotive brands. Of the 11 minicars tested, only one achieved an “Acceptable” rating.
11 minicars (from 2013 or 2014 models) went through this test and only the Chevrolet Spark achieved an overall rating of “Acceptable” (highest is Good) and received the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick in this category. The Mazda 2, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, and the 2014 Ford Fiesta received “Marginal” ratings. While the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa sedan, Toyota Prius c, Hyundai Accent, Fiat 500, and Honda Fit, received “Poor” ratings. See table below:
“Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection,” says Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research.