Not too long ago, news broke that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) would begin conducting tests to see how safe occupants were in a collision that led to a roll-over. Since then, they have been working their way through each vehicle segment, and posting the results about which car, truck or minivan provided the most protection. In a recent set of tests conducted on the small car segment, the number one choice came as a surprise to more than a few.
The test has remained the same since first being introduced. A metal plate it pressed into the corner of the roof and the amount of force is read and recorded. If the vehicle is able to withstand 4 times it weight before crushing less than 5 inches, it will receive a rating of "Good."
The only vehicle able to achieve this rating was the Smart ForTwo. The Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, and Mini Cooper were also tested and managed an "Acceptable" rating. This is met by withstanding 3.25 times the vehicle weight before allowing 5 inches of inward movement.
The IIHS also tested the Chevy Aveo, which came in last for this group. Earning the rating of "Marginal," the Aveo only have to stand up to 2.5 times its weight before giving in the standard of 5 inches.
The IIHS is planning on releasing this data to dealers with the hope of seeing improvements over the next years.Kicking Tires