Out of 11 cars, only the Chevrolet Spark manages an “Acceptable” rating in newest IIHS test

The IIHS has completed testing of 11 minicars in their new, more stringent testing involving the small overlap front crash test. The group proclaims the minicar segment to be “the worst performing group of any evaluated so far” in a post on their website.

Of the models tested, only the Chevrolet Spark received a “Acceptable” rating in the new test, giving the four-door mini a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK award. No other models have been given the award in the segment to date, though Honda expects to do well with their new 2015 Honda Fit (the previous model was tested and was one of the worst performers).

Ford Fiesta (sedan and hatchback), Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, and Mazda 2 (all 2014 models) all received “Marginal” ratings in the small overlap test. The rest of the field, which included 2014 models of Fiat 500, Honda Fit, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa sedan, Toyota Prius c, and Hyundai Accent, all received “Poor” ratings for the same test.

All minicars, except for the Accent, Mazda 2, and Rio were able to score “Good” ratings in all dummy injury categories. However, IIHS notes all models, including Spark, rates marginal or poor for structure. Only the Spark and Mazda 2 scored “Acceptable” for restraints and kinematics.




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