Small cars have a reputation for being less safe in accidents. Modern technology has solved many of the safety deficiencies as far as body construction is concerned. The smallest compacts now have advanced crumple zone engineering, side-impact door beams, and numerous better-positioned airbags.
The 2013 models have been put to the test by the IIHS, with the results showing good to excellent scores for a number of models. Here is a short list of what most experts consider to be three of the safest small cars of 2013. All have performed well in frontal, side, rear, and rollover crash tests, and each model has some very innovative safety technology built in.
Dodge reintroduced this old favorite for the 2013 model year, but elderly consumers will hardly recognize this new compact. It bears little resemblance to the Dart of old, is full of standard convenience features, and contains well-designed safety components.
The 2013 Dart received good to excellent scores on all of the IIHS crash tests. This model is redefining what overall safety and security means in a compact vehicle. One of the few cars available with 10 airbags, Dart also comes with a highly advanced, stiff-formed safety cage and includes the revolutionary reactive headrests.
Optional safety equipment on the up-level trims includes blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection. All three of the rear seat positions have head restraints, the rear seating area is equipped with the LATCH system for child safety, and electronic stability control. Experts agree that the overall traction control experienced when driving this model over slick roadways is superior to most other small cars on the market.
Toyota Prius C
The 2012 offering is carried over for the 2013 Prius C model, which is one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. It’s also equally impressive in its ability to withstand high impacts while keeping occupants safe. This hybrid model achieved good IIHS test scores for front and side impacts, is full of brand new safety technology, and is offered with an extremely affordable price tag.
Prius is equipped with the Star Safety System™ which includes traction control, electronic stability, electronic brakeforce distribution, and brake assist. The driver and front passenger occupy seats designed with whiplash protection engineering, and all seating positions have 3-point seat belts.
The Prius C is manufactured with high-tensile steel body panels, features a front crumple zone, and includes a specially designed roof strengthening system that minimizes damage should a rollover occur. Standard equipment includes rear door child-proof locks, a total of nine airbags, vehicle proximity warning, and daytime running lights.
The new Subaru BRZ earned a Top Safety Pick and is loaded with standard safety/security features. This model scored very high on crash tests and impressed critics from all corners of the automotive industry.
This sporty coupe looks a bit daring and dangerous, but once consumers examine the list of safety features, impressions turn to admiration and awe. The 2013 Subaru BRZ is equipped with frontal, seat-mounted, and side-curtain airbags, tilt-adjustable active head restraints, height-adjustable 3-point seat belts, and the LATCH system in the rear seating area.
The model comes with vehicle stability control, daytime running lights, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, and tire pressure monitor. The 2013 Subaru BRZ earned the IIHS top award for safety in the smaller, 2-door model segment. The BRZ’s sister model is the Scion FR-S.
Originally posted 2013-01-16 14:36:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter