The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety named the Chevrolet Spark a Top Safety Pick this year, the only car in the subcompact class to earn the title. Even though the Spark proved to be the safest of 11 other vehicles, small cars still don’t do very well in crash tests.
The Spark earned an overall score of “Acceptable” (3 out of 4 stars), beating out big players in the segment like the Kio Rio, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and GM’s other subcompact, the Sonic, which all received a “marginal” rating of 2 out of 4 stars.
So, even with advancements in technology, it seems the subcompact class is destined to struggle with safety ratings. The matter was discussed briefly by International Business Times in the video below.