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Six of 12 small cars do well in front crash tests

August 8, 2013 • Business


FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, file photo, Honda Civic and Honda CRVs are parked outside of a Honda car dealership in Des Plaines, Ill. Only the two-door and four-door Honda Civic models earned the top rating of “good” in the front-end crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and the 2014 Scion tC got “acceptable” ratings. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Two redesigned Honda Civic models were the only small cars to get the top rating in stringent front-end crash tests performed by an insurance industry group.

In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly, but six performed well. Safety is critical in the fast-growing small-car market, with many buyers downsizing from larger vehicles.

The two-door and four-door Civics earned “good” ratings, while the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and the 2014 Scion tC were “acceptable.”

But popular models such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic and the Volkswagen Beetle got “marginal” ratings, while the Nissan Sentra and the Kia Soul and 2014 Kia Forte each were rated Login to read more

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