Those driving a subcompact or minicar may not be as safe as they thought.
A new crash test involved the vehicle hitting a barrier at 40 mph with just one-quarter of its front bumper. It concentrates the force outside the crash safety features built on most cars.
The Chevy Spark received the best rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Six other cars basically failed, receiving the institute’s lowest rating of “poor.”
Those cards were the Nissan Versa, the Toyota Prius C, the Hyundai Accent, the Mitsubishi Mirage, The Fiat 500 and the Honda Fit.
The institute considered the performance of the Kia Rio, the Mazda Two, the Toyota Yaris and the Ford Fiesta “marginal.”
Some automaker whose cars faired poorly pointed out their cars were designed before the new type of crash test and they expect future designs to perform much better.