Lewis Diuguid

January 23, 2014

Subcompact cars take a hit in crash tests

The new crash data on subcompact cars can’t be a strong selling point for more fuel efficient vehicles.

High gas mileage, subcompact cars took a hit this week with the release of crash test data.

Of 11 minicars tested, only the Chevy Spark got an “acceptable” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In the YouTube video, the cars crunch like aluminum cans.

That can’t be a good selling point for fuel efficiency. So what people save on the cost of gasoline with the more fuel-efficient cars, they will likely pay in higher insurance premiums because of the increased likelihood of injury or worse in a crash.

None of the 12 subcompact vehicles got the highest rating of “good.” Six of the cars got the lowest rating of “poor.”

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