When thinking about car safety, most people think of an SUV or a truck, which are considered to be safer than other types of vehicles due to the fact they are larger. If you are looking to buy a safe vehicle, then you probably dismiss small cars as a possible choice right off the bat. But, the fact that they are larger, doesn’t necessarily make SUV’s and trucks safer than small vehicles. There are a lot of small cars nowadays that are equipped with all sorts off safety features, such as traction control, electronic stability control, antilock brake systems, airbags, so you can feel safe in a vehicle even if it’s not as high or as wide as an SUV.
The Impreza is available as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback. The base model is powered by a 1.6-liter flat-four engine, and it comes with either a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2012 Impreza was named Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, which is an indication that the 2013 model will also be a very safe vehicle. One of the most significant safety features is the seventh airbag that protects the knees of the driver. The Supplemental Restraint System uses sensors to deploy the airbags. The Impreza features an Antilock Braking System, an Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist, that applies full braking force when a panic-stop situation is detected. The larger side-mirror as compared with previous models, along with the thinner pillars further increase the safety of the car. The collapsible steering column is able to absorb the energy of an impact during, which protects the driver during a collision.
This sports compact made by Toyota is a 3-door liftback, that comes with eight airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag and side-curtain airbags. The Smart Stop Technology helps to reduce engine power in case a driver presses both the gas and the brake pedal at the same time. If you press the gas pedal first, and you apply the brake right after, keeping it depressed for more than half a second at over 5 mph, without releasing the gas pedal, the system will reduce the engine power. This way, you will be able to accelerate more easily when starting on a steep hill.
The Volt is a plug-in hybrid vehicle, and it’s one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world, with combined 94 mpg. As far as safety is concerned, it has 8 airbags, including dual-stage driver and front passenger frontal airbag, that can be deployed at two different rates. The OnStar…