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When I was looking for a new car, I binge watched crash test videos among the review videos.

Here's the toughest new test designed by the IIHS the small overlap. It's designed to bypass the main front impact absorbing beam and tests how the structural rigidity of the cabin holds up.

2013 Cruze Small overlap, it rates marginal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv2CX91Ai4M


For comparison, here's one of the worst things they've tested so far. Nissan Quest small overlap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZknV_fJ68M

Here's one of the best they've tested Hyundai Sonata.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6zPQxgitV4


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My thoughts are that the first gen. Cruze structure would never pass the small offset crash test. Chevy delayed the second gen. Cruze for a year and I believe that part of that delay was to engineer a chassis that would pass the test. Without it, the Cruze would not sell as well as it had been and would have lost ground to the competition that can pass the test. Notice how the A pillars of the second gen. Cruze are so much farther out over the wheel well arches than the first gen. That's a tip off for the small offset crash test survivabiity in the compact car class. Just look at the competition that was passing this test prior to the second gen. Cruze.
 
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Yeah, this test was created after the first gen Cruze. I agree that it is a huge selling point too but I did not know they delayed the second gen because of engineering challenges related to this small overlap test, that's quite interesting and would explain a lot actually.
 

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The 2013 Cruze was actually designed in 2008 & 2009, going on sale in 2010. The other cars you're comparing it to were redesigned after this test was introduced.
 

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I'm not saying the Cruze should have done better, I think it did excellent for a test it had no time to prepare for. I just thought these videos were interesting. The difference between the brand new sonata and the old quest are pretty insane!
 

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If you think that's scary, look up trailer crash tests with the older gen Malibu. Those Hyundai trailers are scary.
Yeah, that video caused me to leave more space when I'm behind semi trucks. The drafting advantages may be good, but the stone chips, the risk, and the visibility negates any gains you get by tail gating.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL8DQIAqZms
 
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What's scary is watching the smart car vs. Mercedes in a head-on. The Mercedes slows down. The smart car goes backwards. True, the accident doesn't breach the passenger compartment, but that just means the funeral can be open casket.

In a collision, there are three collisions: The car, the body against the car or restraints, the bodies internal organs. The last one is the one that kills you. When the driver goes from "forward" to "backward" .... it doesn't get much worse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKSPxQjPOm0
 
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