• Apr 29, 2008
The IIHS has put the 2008 smart fortwo through its frontal offset crash test, and the video is on YouTube even though the IIHS hasn't released its results yet. For everyone who points out the benefits of the smart's miniscule size, there are a number of others who say they wouldn't want to go up against a normal American car in a smart. Even the NHTSA had some concerns when it tested the fortwo's crashworthiness. Based on the video after the jump, however, it looks like the smart acquits itself quite well with no deformation of the A-pillar and not even a crack in the windshield. We'll have to wait for the IIHS to give its final, official word, however. Sure, we wouldn't want to be driving a smart fortwo in an accident... but that's only because we don't want to be in an accident. Follow the jump to watch the video for yourself.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see the IIHS' injury measures. It looks like the driver's head strikes the steering wheel through the airbag (not uncommon), but I'm a little weary of what looks like some upward movement of the steering wheel/column towards the end of the impact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Guys, bigger is not always better. Doesn't anyone remember the offset crash test of the last gen Ford F150?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCIBOYxzqko

      Also, Fifth Gear Citroen Modus vs. Volvo 940:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86M_fV-1yKY

        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you mean a Renault Modus. A big flop of a car anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      check out the strength in the A-pillar. impressive. Perhaps a broken foot but that should be the only sustainable damage in that accident.

      Good work Smart!

      PS: still rather have a MINI!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      All the comments seem to ignore the fact that in most instances, the driver is an active part of the equation. Being aware of one's surroundings and driving defensively will mitigate or obviate the "soccer-mom on cell phone in SUV" collisions. The crash tests are conducted with dummies, which don't react to the impending barrier impact. If there were an alert driver behind the wheel, the vehicles would stop or evade the barrier.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why? You'd rather have a larger metal casket to be ripped out of? I'd rather have a smaller target to be hit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no matter how good of a driver you are, you cant win them all. there is nothing you can do if the person behind you doesn't stop.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But one can keep an eye on the rear-view mirror and allow extra stopping distance if the driver behind is too close or not paying attention. Or even pulling over and letting him tailgate the car ahead instead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And how is your SUV gonna do up against an 18 wheeler? The roads are chockablock with them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smart vs. sedan is all nice and warm-fuzzy feeling, but have you noticed that most cars on the road now are minivans, SUV, trucks. There are not many small sedans (or coupes) to go up against this thing. The bumper will absorb energy, only if it comes into contact with an object (the other vehicle's bumper). You go up against an Expedition and that bumper is going to go against the Smart's windshield...
      Plus, 30 mph is nice, but I'd rather take my chances in a larger vehicle and survive in case I hit something at a higher speed than 30 mph. Also, how is REAR crash rating?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep, you in a Fortwo versus mom in her Surburban = you lose. That's just physics. I'd also agree that the tests should be force based. Knowing how my car will face when I ram it into a wall is great and all but I'm more concerned with some DA in a Suburban running the red light and trying to kill me. The odds of the latter are far higher.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And on the same token, Suburban vs Suburban = everyone loses. More Mass only is More Safe when you're quite bigger than the other guy. The closer the weights get, the worse the accident is for everyone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like the structure holds up really well, which is obviously a good thing, but I'm curious to find out how good a job it does of dissipating energy away from the occupants- this is what really makes a car safe in a crash.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats the key here, I don't care how much of the car survives, its whats inside that counts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The steering wheel and airbag designs take care of some of the deceleration forces.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One thing is to crash it in to a wall, being stuck behind a bus while an F150 rear ends you is quite another.
      I remember this happened to a Scion, sadly the driver was crushed to death.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are more likely to win a lottery than get in a freak accident like that, with that combination of vehicles. Relax.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, that's my question. whats it look like when its sandwiched. and when the bumpers on the other vehicles are higher.

        And sure, the car survives but the occupant just went through a 10-round bout with Mike Tyson, 50/50 on losing an ear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, I will admit I despise the FourTwo. It is Fugly, stumpy, poor handling, gutless, everything I hate in a vehicle.

      All that aside, I think the crash test numbers, and the .vs Excursion stuff is moot. With that logic, we shouldn't allow motorcycles on the roads.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People always come up with ideas like Excursion vs. Smart, or Hummer vs. Smart.

      At $5/gallon there will be no Excursion vs. Smart collisions, as no rabbit was ever eaten by a Tyrannosaurus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As long as there's gas, there will be SUVs. I will always be driving one, and so will many other who want/need to drive one. A smart vs Suburban collision will happen, eventually, and I'll put my money on the Suburban.

        Aren't you the same poster who said they couldn't understand why people liked cars to sound good?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL! Excellent analogy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sure there'll be. Trucks, like RAMs and F150, will be only for those who NEED it for work, and SUV (not those use for places with no roads) will be sold with a complimentary hat that prominently spells "Stupid" on a forehead.

        And yes, it was me who mentioned the "sound", but not in the context that you put it in. I still do not understand why people find fetish in an unwanted by-product. To me saying "wow that car sounds great/mean/cool" or something of that nature is the same as saying "wow, that exhaust has really sporty aroma to it". But who am I to judge? After all, there are those who take cold medicine to get rid of the cold, feeling that is it an annoying necessity, and there are those who take the same because they like the drowsiness it gives them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course, remember that smaller/lighter cars do better on this type of test due to the smaller amount of inertia. So although this is good, to be able to get the same amount of force of the car into the barrier, it would need to be ran at a higher speed. The tests should be force based, not speed based to make everything fair.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really: because of the smaller inertia, it's also easier to have more important deceleration values (bigger G values).
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