Small Yet Safe 2017

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Top Safety Picks
The bigger the car, the safer the occupants. Although there’s some validity to this concept, it’s not the only factor to consider when shopping for a safe vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a number of small cars on the U.S. market can either help you avoid a crash, or protect you if one becomes inevitable. The IIHS rates cars for crashworthiness and highlights those that earn top scores and offer some level of crash-avoidance technology. To be called an IIHS Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must achieve “Good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests as well as score an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front-crash prevention. For 2017, the IIHS added an additional requirement for achieving top distinction as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicle — headlights must achieve a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating. What follows are this year’s small cars that earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS.

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