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Subcompact cars fare poorly in crash tests

Wednesday - 1/22/2014, 8:19pm  ET

DEE-ANN DURBIN
AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Subcompact cars fared poorly in new crash tests from an insurance industry group.

None of the 12 minicars tested got the highest rating of "good" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Chevrolet Spark was the only car that earned the second-highest rating of "acceptable." Six cars -- including the segment's best-seller, the Nissan Versa -- got the lowest rating of "poor."

The small overlap test, introduced in 2012, mimics what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a utility pole at 40 mph.

IIHS says the Honda Fit and Fiat 500 were the worst performers in terms of potential injury to drivers.

Both Honda and Fiat pointed out that their cars get top ratings in IIHS's other four tests.


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