25 Safest Small Cars of 2019

2019 Kia Soul
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These 25 Compact and Subcompact Cars Perform the Best in Safety Testing

Safety is a big concern for shoppers of these small cars. While compact and subcompact cars are often viewed as budget buys, the safest small cars come with the kind of advanced driver assistance systems found in luxury vehicles. Though lighter than most vehicles, these small cars utilize technology such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking to help make them safest in the class. 

On the following pages, we’ll explore the top 25 small cars when it comes to safety, starting with models that have above average scores and concluding on those with excellent scores. Note that our scores may change as additional safety reporting comes to light, and may not match the score seen on the individual vehicle reviews. Also, only vehicles that have been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are eligible for this list. We have also included crash test ratings done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well, when applicable. By law, all new cars must have rearview cameras as of May 2018, so consider that standard equipment on all these models unless noted otherwise.

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