IIHS test reveals which vehicles sustain the greatest damage in low-speed accidents
Introduction You are crawling in stop and go traffic when your eye catches an billboard for a brand new iPhone 3GS. You say to yourself, "Man, I'd really like to get one of those." Turns out the person in front of you already has one, and they are on it right now, playing Sudoku. Traffic stops short, Sudoku Guy plows into the car in front of him, and before you even have a chance to daydream about standing in line at the Apple Store, you've just smacked right into the back of Sodoku Guy. If you have one of these 10 vehicles, you might have to put off your iPhone ambitions until you are finished paying off the thousands of dollars in bumper repairs.
Photos, Graphics, and Data Courtesy of: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
These 10 vehicles have the highest weighted average repair costs of all vehicles subjected to a series of 4 tests that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently developed to investigate vehicle bumpers. The tests are composed of front and rear full-width impacts at 6 mph and front and rear corner impacts at 3 mph to produce the kinds and amounts of damage that commonly occur in low-speed collisions. Each vehicle gets a rating of good, acceptable, marginal, and poor based on how costly the weighted average of all impact tests are. All dollar figures given are real world estimates of how much the damage would cost to repair, and it isn't pretty.
2007 - 2009 models :