Smallest cars sold in the US did really, really badly in safety tests
Of 11 subcompact and minicars subjected to the Institute's small overlap crash test only one, General Motors' (, Fortune 500) Chevrolet Spark, did reasonably well.
Six of the cars earned the Institute's lowest rating of "Poor." Those were the Nissan () Versa, Toyota ( ) Prius c, Hyundai Accent, the Mitsubishi Mirage, Chrysler Group's Fiat 500 and the Honda ( ) Fit. The Mazda2, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris and Ford ( , Fortune 500) Fiesta were deemed Marginal, the second-worst of four possible ratings. Most of these cars have done well in the Institute's other crash tests and in government tests. The Insurance Institute is a private organization financed by auto insurers.
The Spark earned a rating of Acceptable. None of the cars earned the top rating of Good. . . .