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Chevrolet Spark only Minicar to Perform Well in Newer IIHS Crash Test

Chevrolet Spark IIHS small overlap test The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently put some of the smallest cars on the market through its crash tests, and overall, they did not do well. Out of 11 minicars from the 2013 and 2014 model years tested, only the Chevrolet Spark earned a Top Safety Pick award. The Spark received the highest rating of Good in the IIHS’ side, roof strength, head restraint and moderate overlap front tests, as well as the second highest rating of Acceptable in ... continue reading»

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Azera, Malibu Eco and Prius c Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named three new Top Safety Picks Tuesday, which include the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Hyundai Azera and 2012 Toyota Prius c. These great crash test scores provide an added level of assurance, but some members of the press point out that exceptional safety is becoming an expectation on newly redesigned family cars. “Winning that status has become almost the price of entry, particularly for family cars these days,” writes USA Today. “To get ... continue reading»

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$18,950 Toyota Prius c Gets 53 mpg EPA Rating

Toyota announced this week that one of its latest additions to the Prius family, the 2012 Toyota Prius c, will start at $18,950 before destination charges when it goes on sale in March. The EPA has also confirmed Toyota’s predictions that the Prius c will get 53/46 mpg city/highway, which means that this hybrid hatchback has the highest city fuel economy ratings of any vehicle without a plug. While the Prius c has outstanding fuel economy ... continue reading»

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2012 Toyota Prius c to Hit Showrooms in March

The Toyota Prius is known worldwide for its outstanding fuel economy ratings, and in March, a new addition to the Prius family, the 2012 Prius c, will hit the market. The c joins the third-generation Prius, Prius Plug-in Hybrid and Prius v. The Toyota Prius c hatchback is the smallest and lightest Prius model. It’s 19.1 inches shorter and 542 pounds lighter than the third-generation Prius, Toyota says in a press release. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology ... continue reading»

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