Small Yet Safe

Small Yet SafeSmall Yet Safe
Big Safety, Small Package
A common line of thinking among car shoppers is that in order to be as safe as possible on the road you need to be in the biggest truck or SUV possible. While physics does support the idea of the larger the vehicle the better off occupants fare in a crash, it is no longer the only hard and fast rule for vehicle safety. In fact, many midsize and even smaller cars on the road are safer options both for surviving an accident and — even better — avoiding one. The small cars we call out here have earned Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To be named a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings (this is the top score from the IIHS) in five crashworthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. These cars must also earn a basic rating for front crash prevention. The Top Safety Pick+ vehicles must do the same, but must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. We’ve also included approximate insurance costs for these vehicles, obtained from insure.com. Vehicles are listed in alphabetical order.

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