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Small Cars With Top Safety Ratings

June 2, 2011

For those wanting to buy a small car - especially to save money on fuel costs, safety can be a major concern.

Now there's good news - the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named six small cars, including two hybrids, for the Top Safety Pick designation.

The vehicles are:

Criteria to win include top ratings of Good in front, side, rear and roof-strength crash tests. The vehicle must also have electronic stability control.

Frontal crash-worthiness is based on a 40 MPH frontal-offset crash test.

Side evaluation is based on a vehicle being struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph.

Seat and head restraints are tested using a dummy that measures forces on the neck, simulating a collision in the rear at 20 mph.

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California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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