IIHS news release • May 14, 2008
First Institute crash tests of Smart car: diminutive two-seater earns top ratings for protecting people in front & side crashes
ARLINGTON, VA — The Smart car is getting a lot of attention for its small size and style, and now it's earning impressive crash test ratings. In recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the 2008 Smart Fortwo, the smallest car for sale in the US market, earned the top rating of good for front and side crash protection. Its seat/head restraints earned the second highest rating of acceptable for protection against whiplash in rear impacts.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr051408.html
Weak federal standard allows deadly car-into-truck crashes
IIHS news release • March 1, 2011
Underride guards on big rigs often fail in crashes; Institute petitions
government for new standard
ARLINGTON, VA — New crash tests and analysis by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers
can fail in relatively low-speed crashes — with deadly consequences. The
Institute is petitioning the federal government to require stronger
underride guards that will remain in place during a crash and to mandate
guards for more large trucks and trailers.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr030111.html
Mini and microcar bumpers
IIHS news release • June 11, 2009
Mini and microcar bumpers allow pricey damage; none of the 7 tested rates
good under new system
ARLINGTON, VA — Urban drivers often pick mini and microcars because
they're affordable, fuel efficient, and easy to park on city streets.
Fender-benders are hazards of urban driving, and just one of them can add
up to thousands of dollars in repair costs because the bumpers don't
adequately protect vehicles from damage. None of the bumpers on 7 mini and
microcars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested earns
the top rating of good, and just 1, the Smart Fortwo, is acceptable. Five
out of the 7 earn poor ratings and 1 earns a marginal.
Full text of news release: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr061109.html
Huge cost of mismatched bumpers
IIHS news release • December 2, 2010
Huge cost of mismatched bumpers: When bumpers on cars and SUVs don't line
up (and many of them don't), low-speed collisions produce more damage and
higher repair costs
ARLINGTON, VA — Bumpers are the first line of defense against costly
damage in everyday low-speed crashes. Bumpers on cars are designed to match
up with each other in collisions, but a long-standing gap in federal
regulations exempts SUVs from the same rules. New Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety crash tests demonstrate the results: SUV bumpers that don't
line up with those on cars can lead to huge repair bills in what should be
minor collisions in stop-and-go traffic.
Full text of release at: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr120210.html
New roof strength tests
IIHS news release • March 24, 2009
Roof strength is focus of new rating system; 4 of 12 small SUVs evaluated
earn top marks
ARLINGTON, VA — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is launching a
new roof strength rating system to help consumers pick vehicles that will
help protect them in rollover crashes. Twelve small SUVs are the first to
be put to the test. Only 4 earn the top rating of good. The Volkswagen
Tiguan has the strongest rated roof, and the Kia Sportage has the weakest
among the 2008-09 models evaluated.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr032409.html
2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive | Frontal Crash Test by NHTSA | CrashNet1
Overall: 4 Stars
Frontal: 4 Stars
Side: 5 Stars (Side Pole: 3 Stars)
Rollover: 4 Stars
Risk of rollover: 15.5 %
NHTSA - New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Frontal Test:
Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult male and a
small-sized adult female are placed in the driver and front passenger
seats, respectively, and are secured with seat belts. Vehicles are crashed
into a fixed barrier at 35 mph (56.3km/h), which is equivalent to a head-on
collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph.
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Awesome CRASH TEST - BENZ Vs. Smart!
A Mercedes S-Class & a Smart ForTwo go head to head in this awesome Crash
Test, other then u would expect by looking at the video, the little Smart
comes out the of the test rather well, although u would probably still be
pretty much dead if u were in it crashing at that speed. i cut all the
German spoken, boring explaining out of it.. the sound is still a little
off, sorry for that but i couldn't be bothered with it anymore :P enjoy!
SUVs and pickups pose less risk to people in crashes
IIHS news release • September 28, 2011
Effort to make SUVs, pickups less deadly to car occupants in crashes is
ARLINGTON, VA - Today's SUVs and pickups pose far less risk to people in
cars and minivans than previous generations, a new study from the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety shows. Until recently, SUVs and pickups were
more likely than cars or minivans of the same weight to be involved in
crashes that killed occupants of other cars or minivans. That's no longer
the case for SUVs, and for pickups the higher risk is much less pronounced
than it had been.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr092811.html
Car Crash & Accidents Tests - Chevrolet Nissan Mazda Fiat & More
Videos of car crash and accidents tests related to Chevrolet Volt, Mini
Cooper, Fiat 500, Nissan Juke and Leaf, Mazda 5.
Chevrolet Volt - 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK +, Small overlap crash test rating:
Mini Cooper Countryman - 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK, Small overlap crash test
Fiat 500L, Small overlap crash test rating: POOR;
Nissan Juke, Small overlap crash test rating: POOR;
Nissan Leaf, Small overlap crash test rating: MARGINAL;
Mazda 5, Small overalp crash test rating: POOR;
Mazda 5 - Side impact test with deformable barrier moving 31 mph, Side test
rating: MARGINAL, The Mazda 5 is the only 2014 model car to earn anything
less than acceptable in the side test
Small pickup rollover protection
IIHS news release • February 4, 2010
First time Institute ratings small pickups for rollover protection; only
one model rates good in test that assures strength of roof
ARLINGTON, VA — The Nissan Frontier has the strongest roof and the
Chevrolet Colorado the weakest among 5 small pickup trucks, all 2010
models, that recently were tested for rollover protection by the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety. The Frontier, also sold as the Suzuki
Equator, is the only pickup in the group to earn the highest rating of
good. The Ford Ranger is rated acceptable while the Dodge Dakota, Toyota
Tacoma, and Colorado (also sold as the GMC Canyon) earn the second lowest
rating of marginal.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr020410.html
Safety consequences of vehicle size and weight
IIHS news release • April 14, 2009
New crash tests demonstrate the influence of vehicle size and weight on
safety in crashes; results are relevant to fuel economy policies
ARLINGTON, VA — Three front-to-front crash tests, each involving a
microcar or minicar into a midsize model from the same manufacturer, show
how extra vehicle size and weight enhance occupant protection in
collisions. These Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests are about
the physics of car crashes, which dictate that very small cars generally
can't protect people in crashes as well as bigger, heavier models.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr041409.html
Smart Car Fortwo | 2011 | 20% Small Overlap Crash Test | NHTSA | CrashNet1
This is a new type crash test by NHTSA. 20% small overlap frontal crash
test aims for vehicle safety improvements.
2011 Smart Car For Two
56mph (90 km/h) 20% Offset 7 degree angle
Barrier weight: 2486 kg (5480 lbs).
Moving deformable barrier impacts each vehicle at the same velocity:
- Compare results across the fleet.
- Procedure is more severe for smaller cars.
- Potential to drive convergence of vehicle front-end stiffness.
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Smart ForTwo Passion Coupe--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive 2012 Chris Moran
Smart ForTwo Passion Coupe Review with Chris Moran. Presented by D&M
The Smart Fortwo is an all-new brand and model in the United States for
2008, sold at a select number of United Auto Group and Mercedes-Benz
dealerships across the country.
Revolution, dud or something in between? The 2008 Smart Fortwo could be any
of these, but which one depends on how Americans respond to this
long-awaited city car as it starts to trickle into dealerships around the
country. The previous generation has sold more than 770,000 units in other
parts of the world since 1998, appealing to urban customers who gravitated
to its sky-high fuel economy and park-anywhere size. While most Americans
have probably seen a Smart car, only time will tell how many pick one as
their daily commuting partner.
Not that it comes as a news flash, but the Mercedes-built Smart is small.
Really small. It's more than 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper and only a
foot longer than an E-Z-GO golf cart. It seats only two people, with a
fair-sized trunk above the rear-mounted engine. Yet that silver or black
strip that loops around the Fortwo's side is what differentiates this
minicar from the E-Z-GO.
Known as the Tridion safety cell, this cage of high-strength steel allows
the Smart car to withstand impacts as well as or better than much larger
cars. An impressive array of other safety systems -- side airbags, antilock
brakes, brake assist, stability control and traction control -- add to its
ability to thwart occupant injury. Plus, axles placed close to the
passenger compartment provide additional protection in side impacts.
Other markets get diesel and turbocharged gasoline engines, but the
America-bound Fortwo will only come with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder
gasoline engine. Saddled with 71 horsepower, this powertrain
will be able to motivate the 1,804-pound Smart from zero to 60 mph in 14.1
seconds. The wonky five-speed automanual transmission found in the last
Smart car has been replaced by an allegedly improved one, which makes us
wonder how awful the predecessor was, considering the new car's herky-jerky
motions and extreme shift lag. After a quick drive, it will leave you
wondering how it's in any way superior to a traditional automatic or
In total, the Smart has just enough pep around town, but it feels woefully
lackluster (and a little worrisome) on the highway. But that's a pretty
good way to sum up the entire Smart Fortwo experience. For those who spend
90 percent of their driving time by themselves in traffic or meandering
through congested city streets, the Fortwo makes sense (as long as they can
put up with the wonky transmission). Its tiny dimensions make finding a
parallel parking spot a relatively simple exercise -- although the new
model is now too long to be parked perpendicularly on the street. Also,
speeds in the city should rarely get so high that the mere sight of a
Navigator makes you pack the dashboard with statues of St. Christopher.
But for those who routinely drive on the highway, the Fortwo just doesn't
make sense -- even if it gets excellent gas mileage. A similarly priced
subcompact will handle high speeds better; ditto the more expensive but
greener Prius. The 2008 Smart Fortwo isn't a good choice for most
consumers, but for certain urban-based drivers, it's most definitely worth
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2008 Smart Fortwo is a two-seat, subcompact city car available in two
body styles. The hatchback Coupe is offered in Pure and Passion trim
levels, while the convertible Cabrio only comes in Passion. The base Pure
comes with 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, leather steering wheel and
electric rear window defroster. Power steering, air-conditioning, radio,
power windows and alloy wheels are optional on the Pure. The Passion gets
all those basic features, plus a panorama glass roof, sport steering wheel
with shift paddles, power heated side mirrors and a CD player. The Passion
Cabrio adds an upgraded stereo with MP3-compatible in-dash six-CD changer,
along with a manually operated canvas roof. Passion options include partial
leather upholstery and additional gauges.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2008 Smart Fortwo is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that
produces 71 hp and 68 pound-feet of torque. Surprisingly, it requires
premium fuel. The maximum speed is 90 mph, with a 0-60-mph time of 14.1
seconds. A five-speed automanual transmission drives the Fortwo's rear
wheels and is shifted without a clutch pedal via a simple console-mounted
stick (and column-mounted paddles on Passion models), and there is a fully
automatic mode as well. With its 8.7-gallon tank, the Fortwo will return 33
mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined.