2016 Kia Soul
2016 Kia Soul (Kia Motors America)

For many car shoppers, safety is a top priority, and our rankings reflect that. Crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) play an important role in determining a car’s overall score. While larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks have a natural advantage in collision protection due to their size and weight, there are plenty of small cars on the market that can help keep you safe in a crash. The following small cars earn a five-star overall rating from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from IIHS, and they also receive solid performance and interior reviews from the automotive press.

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