Consumer Watch: Small car safety ratings

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Twelve small cars were the latest vehicles to be rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Overall, four were rated as "poor."

Nissan's popular Leaf electric car was rated by the crash test group as "poor" along with the Nissan Juke, the Fiat 500L and the Mazda5. The Mazda5 was the worst-performing of the vehicles.

So, what was the safest of those tested? It's the one that can avoid getting into a crash altogether: GM's Chevy Volt was named a Top Safety Pick Plus.

Besides earning an "acceptable" rating in an actual crash test, the hybrid electric vehicle also has an optional forward collision warning system.

The Volt was the only car out of the 12 models tested to have the crash-prevention technology.

If purely measuring crash performance and potential injury to the driver, the MINI Cooper Countryman was the winner.

The Countryman earned the highest rating of "good" and was named a Top Safety Pick.

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