The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is an excellent source for all kinds of safety statistics and driving tips, including the top 20 most dangerous cars.

The IIHS recently introduced a new type of safety test called the small overlap frontal crash.  The test is meant to measure what happens when only a small part of the left front of the vehicle collides with another car or solid object.

In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., Russ Rader, senior vice president of communications at IIHS told 24/7 Wall St. that this type of accident contributes to about 25% of all injuries and fatalities in front-end crashes.

The new test was implemented a few years ago and car manufacturers have been scrambling to improve the safety rating of their vehicles.

Top 20 Most dangerous cars

Some companies are doing better than others.  Here is a list compiled IIHS statistics as compiled by 24/7 Wall St.  These autos have all been rated using the Small Overlap Front test.

Here Are The Top 20 Most Dangerous Cars

  1. Mazda 5
  2. Fiat 500
  3. Audi A4
  4. Hyundai Accent
  5. Mazda CX-9
  6. Ford Escape
  7. Dodge Caravan
  8. Dodge Journey
  9. Nissan Juke
  10. Nissan Leaf
  11. 11. Mitsubishi Mirage
  12. Lincoln MKS
  13. Jeep Patriot
  14. Honda Pilot
  15. Nissan Quest
  16. Kia Sportage
  17. Chrysler Town and Country
  18. Hyundai Tucson
  19. Nissan Versa
  20. Jeep 2-dr Wrangler

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