With gas over $4 a gallon in many parts of California and many economists saying they will go higher before the end of the summer, many consumers may be considering purchasing smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. However, in previous years smaller vehicles did not perform well in crash tests, leading many drivers to avoid them.
The latest crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a big increase in safety among smaller cars. The IIHS tested 13 different small cars and looked at front, side, rollover and rear-impact crashes to see how well they would perform. A few years ago, many of those cars rated poor in side-impact crashes. Today, however, no small cars were rated poor in any of the crash tests. Also, in prior years smaller cars did not have crash protection, air bags or electronic stability control that most of them have today.
Six of the 13 cars that were tested earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating, which means they performed well in all of the tests. Those cars were the 2011 Toyota Prius, the 2011 Nissan Juke, the 2011 Lexus CT 200H, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, the 2012 Honda Civic (4 door), and the 2012 Ford Focus. The IIHS recommends that if you are going to buy a smaller car, you purchase one with a Top Safety Pick rating, because you will already be at a disadvantage if you are involved in an accident with a larger, heavier car.
Have you been injured in an automobile accident? If so, call Orange County automobile accident attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216. You may have legal rights against the other driver involved or other parties. Call today to learn more.