It used to be accepted amongst new car buyers that small cars just weren’t as safe as their full-size brethren. Technological advances related to manufacturing standards, materials use and vehicle systems over the past decade have dramatically increased the safety of compact and subcompact cars to the point where a significant number of them are able to hold their own against much larger automobiles when it comes to objective safety tests and ratings.
While some small cars are safer than others, none offer the same high level of protection as those rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Let’s take a look at 10 of the IIHS Top Safety Picks in the compact car category.
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