Americans should feel like they're safe when buying a small car. It's taken energy crises, recessions and overwhelming congestion to convince the U.S. that a "small car" isn't 17 feet long, but we're getting there. Except for safety concerns. That might be one hurdle too many for a chunk of the population.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released today the crash results of 11 of the smallest cars on sale in this country enduring the tricky small overlap test they now impose on car of all sizes. The Chevy Spark was the only one to pass, and popular choices like the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit earned some of the lowest scores in the test. This isn't good