Originally Posted by speedyguy
I love small cars, but they are relatively not safe when on the American highway.
Never has this statement been more true, especially with the emergence of the SUV craze of the past 10 years. I don't understand why some smaller cars have lower insurance rates - a lot of them are almost as fast as their bigger counterparts, but crumple like an aluminum can when they get in a wreck.
When I was growing up, we always had big cars - a Ford Torino, an Oldsmobile station wagon, a Pontiac station wagon, the list goes on an on. My first car was a '78 Chevy Nova, the next a '90 Lumina. Then....I drove a '96 Dodge Neon for 3 1/2 years - DON'T ASK - and went from that to a '96 Jeep Grand Cherokee (1 yr), a '97 Plymouth Grand Voyager (2 1/2 yrs) and now my Bonnie. Of ALL those cars, I can honestly say that I don't know how I ever would have survived a wreck in that Neon.
My wife still owns a Neon. When I get into that little tin can it feels like my *** is scraping against the ground, and my knees are up against the dash. I imagine I would LOSE those legs if I was ever in a frontal crash, and SIDE IMPACT? Fugheddaboudit. Most compact cars would end up UNDER any other car, especially an SUV.