October 20, 2003

New vehicle injury, collision and theft loss data reveals some surprises

Washington, D.C. – Injury, collision, and theft loss statistics just released by the
U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2000 – 2002 model year
vehicles reveals that large SUVs, large pickups, large cars, minivans have the
lowest frequency of injury claims per insured vehicle. Surprisingly, small sports
cars also reported much lower than average injury loss claims.

The vehicle with the lowest number of injury claims was the full-size GMC Yukon XL
1500 SUV. Close behind were the mid-size GMC Yukon SUV and the similar Chevrolet
Tahoe SUV. Surprisingly, small sports cars like the Porsche 911 convertible and
Honda S2000 had some of the lowest frequency of injury loss claims. The 911
convertible, for example, has 62% fewer injury loss claims than average.

The vehicles with the highest frequency of injury loss claims were small two and
four-door cars, although some small vehicles performed much better than others did.
The worst vehicles were the Suzuki Esteem, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Kia Rio.

In collision loss statistics (the relative average loss payments per insured vehicle
year), GMC was again at the head of the pack. The GMC Yukon had the lowest average
loss payments followed closely by the GMC Yukon XL and the Chevrolet Tahoe.
Surprisingly, the Chevrolet Corvette convertible also had loss payments much lower
than average.

The vehicle with the worst collision loss frequency was the Lexus IS300 followed by
the Hyundai Tiburon and the Suzuki Esteem.

The vehicle with the lowest theft losses (relative average loss payments per insured
vehicle year) was the Buick LeSabre which was 84% better than average. The worst
vehicle by far was the two-door Acura Integra with a theft claim rate 781% worse
than average.

More information and results for individual vehicle models can be found at

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