Small cars rated in crashes

DETROIT – The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only small car rated “good” in new frontal crash tests.

The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon were rated the worst in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests.

The Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Mitsubishi Lancer, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ all got the second-highest rating of “acceptable.” The Hyundai Veloster and Scion xB received “marginal” ratings.

The small overlap front crash test replicates what happens when 25 percent of a car’s front end strikes a rigid object at 40 miles per hour.

The Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze was not among the 12 small cars tested this year; however, tests for the 2014 model performed last year scored the car as “marginal” in the front overlap test. The car scored “good” in the other four crash test categories of moderate overlap front; side; roof strength; and head restraints / seats.