Recently, 24/7 Wall St. made its list of the most dangerous cars in the U.S., and it is rather surprising. There is a persistent notion that the bigger the car, the safer it is. However, this list decidedly puts that claim to rest.
The list was compiled by factoring in crash test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Along with these separate scores, 24/7 added in Consumer Reports ratings and the results from J.D. Power quality studies to make its list. Generally, the cars on the list have been deemed to suffer from recurring quality issues throughout the years.
The most dangerous car, according to the list, is the Dodge Ram 1500. This pickup received substandard side-impact and rollover crash test ratings by the IIHS, while the NHTSA found the pickup to have poor frontal crash safety. On top of this, the Ram 1500 earned only 2 out of 5 in J.D. Power Initial Quality studies. Despite these safety concerns, the Ram has been performing well with 100,000 copies sold from 2007 to 2011.
Second on the list is the Chevrolet Colorado pickup, which received an IIHS score of “Poor” on side-impact tests and “Marginal” on rollover and rear safety. It also underwent safety problems late last year when it was recalled for seat belt problems. Two popular Mazda SUVs, including the CX-7 and CX-9, were next on the list as they both received poor roof strength scores.
Here is the full list:
1) Dodge Ram 1500
2) Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
3) Mazda CX-7
4) Mazda CX-9
5) Nissan Pathfinder
6) Jeep Wrangler
7) Suzuki SX4
Do these results imply that small cars are actually safer? Some of today’s popular minicars have received mixed safety scores. The Smart Fortwo received a top IIHS score of “Good” in front, side, and roof strength crash tests despite receiving a mediocre 3 stars in rollover tests by the NHTSA. The tiny Fiat 500 achieved a perfect record and was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, despite relatively low scores from the NHTSA.
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