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Small cars earn mixed safety reviews from IIHS

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:01:09 AM

When it comes to finding affordable auto financing and buying a new car, shoppers have a lot of options to choose from. Some of the most popular vehicles have been on the smaller end, providing a cost-effective solution for many people. 

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that crash test results have been varied for this type of vehicle. In the small overlap test - where the front corner of the car is the point of impact - only the Mini Cooper Countryman earned a "good" rating. Five other models were deemed acceptable, while several more were considered "poor."

"The Mini Cooper Countryman gave a solid performance," said Joe Nolan, senior vice president for vehicle research for IIHS. "The Countryman's safety cage held up reasonably well. The safety belts and airbags worked together to control the test dummy's movement, and injury measures indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash this severe."

According to Consumer Reports, safety should be a top concern when buying a new small car. Not every option is created the same, so it can be smart to choose one that has multiple air bags, antilock brakes and the proper seat belts.