New crash tests released by the IIHS for five economy-sized two-doors — the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Scion tC and Volvo C30 — indicate good or acceptable ratings in frontal and side tests. See, size doesn't matter!

Emphasizing vehicles for family use, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety normally crash tests four-door vehicles. However, to evaluate the extent automakers are extending new crashworthiness improvements to two-door vehicles — you know, for kids — they've recently conducted front, side and rear tests of 2009 model year two-doors. First up — the 2009 Chevy Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Scion tC along with the more-of-a-mid-size Volvo C30.

The results? The big winners were the Ford Focus and the Volvo C30, but "overall the results for 2-door cars are good news," David Zuby, Institute senior vice president for vehicle research says. "All but one earn good ratings in our frontal offset test. Only two of the 5 earn this rating for protection in side crashes, but none of the 5 earns anything less than an acceptable rating. This is pretty good, considering how demanding the side test is. It simulates being struck by a pickup or SUV."

See the rest of the results in the gallery by clicking the next button to the right.

[Images/Data via IIHS]

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Volvo C30
Awarded Top Safety Pick

TEST: 31 MPH Side Impact Test
RESULT: Good

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Volvo C30
Awarded Top Safety Pick

TEST: 40 MPH Frontal Offset
RESULT: Good
COMMENTS: "The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Ford Focus Coupe
Awarded Top Safety Pick

TEST: 40 MPH Frontal Offset
RESULT: Good
COMMENTS: "The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well."

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Ford Focus Coupe
Awarded Top Safety Pick

TEST: 31 MPH Side Impact Test
RESULT: Good

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Honda Civic 2-door

TEST: 40 MPH Frontal Offset
RESULT: Good
COMMENTS: "The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well."

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Honda Civic 2-door

TEST: 31 MPH Side Impact
RESULT: Acceptable

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 2-door

TEST: 40 MPH Frontal Offset
RESULT: Good
COMMENTS: "The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well."

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 2-door

TEST: 31 MPH Side Impact
RESULT: Acceptable

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Scion tC

TEST: 40 MPH Frontal Offset
RESULT: Acceptable
COMMENTS: "The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well… a high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag."

IIHS Crash Tests Five Budget Coupes: Ford, Volvo Earn Top Safety PicksS


2009 Scion tC

TEST: 31 MPH Side Impact
RESULT: Acceptable