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Many Subcompact, Minicars Perform Poorly In IIHS Crash Test

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If you drive a subcompact or a minicar, you may want to double-check it's safety rating.

Of the 11 cars included in a recent crash test, only one did reasonably well.

The test involves a vehicle hitting a barrier at 40-miles-per-hour with just one-quarter of its front bumper.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Chevy Spark as "acceptable," and none of the cars as "good."

Joe Nolan of the IIHS says, "the message we're sending to automakers is that we'd like them to implement changes like they've done in other segments."

Six cars basically failed, receiving the Institute's lowest rating: "poor."

Those cars were the Nissan Versa, the Toyota Prius C, the Hyundai Accent, the Mitsubishi Mirage, the Fiat 500, and the Honda Fit.

The Institute considered the performance of the Kia Rio, the Mazda-Two, the Toyota Yaris, and the Ford Fiesta "marginal."

Some automakers whose cars faired poorly pointed out their cars were designed before this crash test and they expect future designs to perform much better.