According to the Safety Institute, the only car from about a dozen small vehicles to get its coveted “Top Safety Pick+” award was GM’s Chevrolet Volt. Meanwhile, Mazda’s 5 compact MPV received a shameful rating.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also highlighted the BMW AG Mini Cooper Countryman for its result in the small front overlap crash test – the only one to earn the “good” top rating. Meanwhile, the Volt was among five others that scored the second-best “acceptable” result. The Volt earned the top rating because it also incorporates a collision warning system and also performed better than Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, which received an overall “poor” rating.
The IIHS small front overlap test is one of the three crash tests used today in the United States. It was developed in 2012 and has 40% of the car’s front surface hitting an object at 40 mph (65%). The test is designed to mirror the car striking just part of another car or going off the road and hitting an object, such as a tree.
On the other end of the scale was the Mazda 5 minivan, which actually earned the undesirable distinction of entering the top three of worst performing cars, next to the Kia Forte small car and the Toyota Prius v hybrid.