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I thought this was a pretty interesting article, and definitely a good test to make automakers build cars to stand up to. Nearly all cars that I've seen are demolished when only half of it is hit since ALL of the weight beyond the car is being distributed through half of the car.

Here's the article:
Luxury cars fare poorly in new crash tests - Bottom Line
 

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In some relevance, my sister was hit in a similar accident to this scenario years ago by a drunk driver going the wrong way down the road and she swerved to avoid him at the same time he swerved back. This was the result of that (she was going ~ 25 mph).

The 2001 Accord did pretty well. We were definitely glad she wasn't in the Civic or New Beetle she originally wanted.

 

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Kind of makes me happy that I'm too poor to afford any of the cars listed!
Well, if you think about it, those are all of the cars that are supposed to do WELL in crashes (Mercedes C-class, BMW 3-series, etc). Safety/crashworthiness is one of the major things manufacturers like to brag about with their expensive cars.



If they run the test on "normal people" cars like you and I have - in the small car/midsize car category, I'm curious as to what the results will be. I saw crash test videos of the Cruze in a side impact and frontal collision, and I was pretty impressed with how the car took the impact for being so little.
 

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Good to see they did something with the new Civic besides just slightly redesigning the exterior. Good job, Honda.

To be fair, the Cruze was originally designed in 2007, long before this test was conceived. Same problem with the current-gen Camry and Prius failing the test horribly - the bodies/designs are old.

That said, I feel that it is an important safety test and the new Cruze, I'm sure, will be designed to pass this test with flying colors.
 
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