Small Cars Break Easily, Except For Nissan Versa

Subcompacts save gas but they may not save your ass in a crash. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reviewed eight small cars and only the Nissan Versa received a high score in front, rear, and side impacts.

“From a safety standpoint, mini cars are not the best choice,” says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety president, Adrian Lund. “You wouldn’t put a featherweight in a boxing ring with a heavyweight.” — BEN POPKEN

Small Cars Come Up Short in Crash-Test Safety Study [NYT]