The Chevrolet Volt has earned a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
IIHS recently evaluated 12 small vehicles for crashworthiness, after subjecting them to a small overlap front crash test. The Volt was the only car in the test group to be named a Top Safety Pick+ because of its optional forward collision warning system. But the Mini Cooper Countryman was the only car to earn a “good” overall rating because of its crash test performance.
The Mini Cooper Countryman, Ford C-Max Hybrid, Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Scion FR-S and its twin the Subaru BRZ all qualified for Top Safety Pick, the institute's second-highest award. These models missed the "plus" award because they don't have an available front crash prevention system.
To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must draw a “good” or “acceptable” rating for small overlap protection; a “good” rating in the institute's other four tests; and a “basic,” “advanced,” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn a “good” or “acceptable” rating for small overlap protection and a “good” rating in the other four tests.
The Mini Cooper Countryman drew a "good" overall rating. Five cars – the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Hybrid, Mitsubishi Lancer, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ – registered an “acceptable” overall score. Two vehicles – the Scion xB and Hyundai Veloster – were given a “marginal” overall score. The Fiat 500L, Nissan JUKE, Nissan LEAF and Mazda 5 each drew an overall score of “poor."
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