IIHS Performs Small Car Front Corner Crash Test

Hybrid and electric cars are showing up a lot more on roads and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put some them through some tougher tests to see just how safe they are.

The 40-mile per hour crash simulates what happens when the front corner of the car smashes into another vehicle, or tree.

The Mini Cooper Countryman was the only small car to receive a “good” rating in crash tests by IIHS.

The Ford C-Max Hybrid and electric Chevy Volt were both considered “acceptable.”

And the Volt was the only car to earn the Institute’s highest award.

“The Top Safety Pick Plus also rewards vehicles that have forward collision warning systems and systems with autonomous breaking, which is available on the Volt,” said IIHS Senior VP of Vehicle Research Joseph Nolan.

Towards the bottom of the list are the Fiat 500-L, the Nissan Juke, and the Mazda 5.

See how your small car ranks. Head to the IIHS website