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With high gas prices and even higher prices projected for the future, many drivers may be considering switching to mini-cars such as the Nissan Versa or the Mini Cooper. In recent crash tests measuring crash ratings for front, side and rear impact, tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris were the top-rated and the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio were the lowest rated. The results are available at The website rates vehicles according to vehicle type and size, from mini-cars through large pick-ups. However, the overall results made a sobering point: mini-cars have the highest death rate of any class of automobile.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.

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