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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
And while U.S. ratings aren't yet out from either of the major testing agencies, we do find the iQ's five-star Euro NCAP ratings—including a better score in adult occupant protection than the Volkswagen Polo—to be very promising.
As the Smart Fortwo has shown, you don't need size and mass to offer good occupant protection; however, commuters should be aware that lighter vehicles are at a disadvantage in multiple-vehicle accidents.
The 2012 Scion iQ is a true minicar, but it's packed with big-car safety features.