With gas prices so volatile, a lot of people think owning a small car is the way to go.
But are they safe?
For the first time the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted crash tests on the smallest cars sold in the US; the mini cars.
The 2007 Nissan Versa earned the best ratings on front, side, and rear crash tests.
It was the only car that received the highest ratings in all three tests.
The Toyota Yaris with optional side airbags and the Honda Fit standard with side airbags also tested well for front and side tests.
But both cars did not test well in rear protection.
Also, the Hyundai Accent with standard side airbags had the lowest rating.
It tested poorly in both the side and rear tests.
Adrian Lund of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stated, “We’re really concerned because when you're in vehicles this small, there's a safety issue. You know the risk of dying in crashes is twice as high in this class as it is for midsize and larger cars."
The insurance institute says, strictly on the basis of safety, the bigger, the better.