Safest Minicars 2015
Published: September 14, 2015
Updated: May 15, 2018
CATEGORY: Cheapest Cars to Insure
Getting an affordable car insurance premium in Canada can be achieved through numerous methods, but arguably one of the top things insurers look for is safety. If your vehicle is safe it is less likely to be stolen and less likely to harm you or someone else in the event of an accident. However, while some think a safe car is just something with a full set of airbags, it is actually about the overall package.
At the end of 2014 the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) selected the safest cars currently on the road in Canada.
Chevrolet Spark (2015) – Top Safety Pick
The newest model of the Spark won almost universal praise from IIHS, gaining top marks for everything apart from the small overlap front, which was deemed acceptable. Despite that, the small overlap front was close to gaining the top mark as IIHS said:
“Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.”
Starting Price: $13,745 minus government incentives in Ontario.
Average yearly running cost (based on province average for premiums and 20,000km use): 3451.
Honda Fit (2015) – Top Safety Pick
Like the Spark, Honda’s small Fit also performed with top marks aside from the small overlap front, which was given an acceptable. However, IIHS said:
“Honda improved the strength of the bumper beam welds for all Fits built after June 2014 and has announced a “product update” to replace the beams free of charge on cars built before the change was made.”
Starting Price: $14,730 minus government incentives in Ontario.
Average yearly running cost: $3576
Toyota Prius c (2015) – Top Safety Pick
It seems that cars in this size class are not big enough for the small overlap front to be given the top mark of good. Like the other two autos here the Prius scores top marks across the board, save for that overlap front that gets an acceptable.
“Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low, including head injury risk from the instrument panel hit.”
Starting Price: $21,055 minus government incentives in Ontario.
Average yearly running cost: $2977