Nissan Versa wins subcompact crash-test

I know what you’re thinking – how do you ‘win’ a crash-test? Well, when all the cars you’re up against perform sub-par or downright poorly, and you don’t, then you win.

The IIHS tested 6 subcompacts – the Nissan Versa, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Chevy Aveo, Scion xB, and the Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio twins. Technically that’s 6 cars, but the Hyunkia are really the same car.

The results? The Aveo ( with standard side airbags ) , the xB ( no side airbags available ) , Yaris ( without optional side airbags ) and the Hyunkia ( with standard side airbags ) all failed the side crash test – they ranked ‘poor’. For those of you who aren’t really familiar with these ratings, a ranking of poor means that if you are in a side impact collision, you are very likely to recieve serious injuries. In other words, poor is really, really bad.

Rounding out the failures, the Fit got a cool ‘poor’ for rear crash tests. That’s reassuring, considering kids sit in the back. The Yaris got ‘marginal’, which is only slightly better than poor.

Only the Nissan Versa recieved the highest grade of ‘good’ in the front, side, and rear crash tests. So to sum it all up, if you don’t want to die a flaming, burning death, buy a Versa. However, if you truly hate your children and wish them the worst, the Honda Fit would be the best choice for you.

Via Kicking Tires.

Published on December 19, 2006 in Nissan

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