11 Safest Small Cars in 2018

2018 Kia Soul
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Here Are the Models to Consider When Safety Is a Priority

Small cars have a lot going for them. They are easy to maneuver in traffic and park. Many are fun to drive, thanks to sporty handling, and fuel economy can be outstanding. Unfortunately, the laws of physics dictate that smaller, lighter cars are at a disadvantage in a crash with a larger vehicle. However, engineers have made great strides in recent years to offset this.

Since safety is important for many buyers, including those interested in a compact or subcompact car, on the following slides we will look at small cars that earned high scores in our reviews for safety.

These safety scores are based on crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a private organization funded by insurance companies, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a government organization.

Several of these vehicles offer high-tech safety features. One of these can apply the brakes if a collision seems likely and the driver fails to react. Other systems can help keep the car in its lane and follow the vehicle ahead. These semi-autonomous features, as good as they may be, are not perfect. They should only be used as a safety net, not as the prime means of vehicle control.

As you look at the following slides, which will give you a good idea of which models are safer, remember that we are constantly evaluating new data and expert opinions as they become available. As a result, the scores and rankings on the following slides may not agree with the latest data contained in our reviews.

This article covers the safest small sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks. If you’re interested in the safest small suvs, click here. For more information on small luxury cars, click here.

Read the following pages to see the safest small cars on the market in 2018.