The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently tested seven mini- and micro-cars for low-speed crash repairs and rated only one acceptable and one marginal. The other five cars were rated as poor. The cars in question (from first to last in rankings) are: Smart ForTwo, Chevrolet Aveo, Mini Cooper, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio.
The test involved four "parking-lot speed" crunches (front, front-corner, rear, and rear-corner). The total cost of repairing the cars after the four "events" was used to rate the cars.
The Smart ForTwo performed the best with a total repair bill of around $3300 with an average repair cost of $899. The big watch-out seemed to be the Kia Rio. This $12,000 car ended up with a repair bill of $9,400 after being banged around by the IIHS.
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The IIHS tested another 54 cars, using the same parameters. Thirty-eight of them were rated as poor.