5 Safest Small Cars of 2010

Posted on May 27, 2010 


Safety Car by ph-stop

The cars for 2010 may be small in design, but they certainly are packed with fantastic features. From electronic stability control to stronger body structures and multiple airbag systems, the small cars of 2010 are focused on safety and chic design.

The following five small vehicles all received the title of “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2010. The “Top Safety Pick” status is given to cars that best protect passengers in a vehicle crash. Ratings for this test include: good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on such factors as high-speed front and side crash tests, rollover tests and tests on the seat and head restraints of the vehicles.

The following five vehicles all received the “Good” status for their 2010 models, thereby giving them the title of “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS:

1. Honda Civic – The incredibly popular Honda Civic has kept its modern look for its 2010 model. The Honda Civic ranked high in both front, side and rear rollover crash tests because of an improved structural chest protection. Some of the great features of the Civic include a proven 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that gives drivers plenty of horsepower.

2. Kia Forte – Kia continues to make a name for itself in terms of safety with the Kia Forte, a four-door sedan that receives good ratings for all crash test areas. Impressively priced at just $13,695, the Forte includes features such as a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and plenty of cool interior features.

3. Kia Soul – The inexpensive price of the Kia Soul (just $13,300) makes this car irresistible, but the good safety ratings in frontal, side and rollover crash tests makes this car a smart choice. Much like the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB in terms of design, the Kia Soul sports a 122-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine that gets an average of 29 miles per gallon.

4. Nissan Cube – Good performance in all crash test areas makes the Nissan Cube a smart choice for safety. The well-performing engine of the Cube boasts a 29-miles-per-gallon average and an automatic Xtronic CVT transmission for a nice ride. Priced at just $21,900, the Nissan Cube can be upgraded with a fully loaded Rockford Fosgate sound system.

5. Scion xB – The Scion xB is a cool and quirky ride, with is signature boxy shape. Priced from just $16,700, the Scion xB delivers good safety ratings in all test areas, while also boasting a huge improvement in its standard side airbag design. The xB also features a 2.4-liter engine that delivers a cool 25-mile-per-gallon rating.

The small car design of the above models, combined with the top safety ratings, make these cars a smart choice for individuals looking for safety and value. In addition to the reasonable price tags on these “Top Safety Pick” small cars, the savings in car insurance should be considerable when compared to larger vehicles, such as SUVs and crossovers. Give your auto insurance company a call to inquire about the savings on auto insurance you could enjoy by owning one of these smaller, safety-loaded sedans.

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