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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side impact
Top Safety Pick
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'acceptable,' small overlap frontal
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark might just be one of the safest minicar picks, as it has no serious blemishes, no poor grades on its report card.
The Spark includes ten airbags. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are also part of a good list of standard safety equipment.
The federal government has given the Spark a four-star Overall rating, with four stars in the frontal category and five stars for side impact—including an impressive five stars in the federal side pole test.
Ratings are also in from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and they're quite good--with top 'good' results for frontal, side, and rear tests, as well as the roof strength test. And in the tough new small overlap frontal test, the Spark earned a second-best 'acceptable' rating; in fact it was the only one to achieve a passing grade in that test in a recent IIHS roundup of vehicles from the minicar segment.
Outward vision is good, too, despite the lack of a rear camera system.
The Chevrolet Spark has better safety scores than most other minicars—and it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick.