When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashed a 2012 Fiat 500, the little car got the best scores in all categories. It's a safe car, then, right?

"If safety is a priority, you should avoid the smallest cars," advises Russ Rader, spokesperson for IIHS. "Weight counts. Smaller, lighter cars are safer than they used to be, but all things being equal, people riding in bigger, heavier vehicles get more protection in crashes."

That's why, despite its near-perfect crash-test score, the Fiat 500 is No. 1 on Insure.com's list of worst vehicles for protecting passengers from injuries. In an accident with a larger object, the Fiat's safety cage and array of air bags do what they can to protect passenges, but like eggs in a coffee can, the passengers get thrown about and smashed up.

If the Fiat 500 is like a coffee can, then a fullsize GMC pickup (which tops the website's list of vehicles best at protecting passengers) would be a 50-gallon barrel. In a collision between the two, the barrel of eggs will win every time. The GMC Sierra 1500 is rated best at protecting passengers by Insure.com, but IIHS rated it just average in the side impact test and marginal in the roof strength test. Second place on Insure.com's best list is the Porsche Cayenne, which has not been tested by IIHS. The third through fifth place spots go to the GMC Yukon, Sierra 2500 and Terrain.

The listings are the result of Insure.com's analysis of personal injury protection and medical payment claims which affect what car owners are charged for insurance.

Check out videos of the IIHS crash test of the Fiat 500 as well as the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 below.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm....but I have a question, who is Insure.com and why do I care what they think? The car has a perfect safety score - I couldn't care less what some fly by night BS insurance for-profit website says.
        Travis C. Vasconcelo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        Insure.com makes judgements that set your insurance rates based on what they can do to make money. Basically they let the insurance industry, the auto makers, the oil companies, and anyone else they talk to dictate to them how to make money at the expense of us, the end customer.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's it! My next daily driver is going to be a 18 wheeler semi by Volvo truck! STUPIDEST list ever.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does GMC win the highest places when they are identical to Chevys and Cadillacs? Are the differently branded cars somehow less safe?
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's because this list is garbage, and completely meaningless from an unknown source trying to make waves. They've done what they set out to do, bring hits to their site.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before everyone gets all opinionated. due to brand bias, let's take a look at rhis source. They came up with these results by comparing PIP insurances rates. NOT by analyzing actual crash test data like NHTSA and IIHS. This story is nothing more than a hype generator for free advertisement.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Imma buy a tank. That'll show `em.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this is the thinking, then why not just use an on-coming school bus as the new crash barrier
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice that the Mercedes CL600 is listed as one of the least safe cars on this list? It's HUGE! This seems to undermine some of the assumptions about size. Anyone have an idea why the CL is on the list?
        • 2 Years Ago
        Because of the people who drive CLs. When you have a V12 engine and that much money in the bank, why should you care about driving at the speed limit and law enforcement. The car impresses, so they want their driving style to impress too. Not a safe mentality at all. Correlation doesn't always mean causation.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've driven my miata daily for most of a decade, I must be a bad-ass according to this guy...
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what the result of that truck crashing into something like a MB S550 would be... I'm guessing with all the safety equipment in the MB, it'd be safer but I could be wrong.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Duh...By this logic we should walk around in armored space frame suits and drive only armored tanks with battering rams. What many seem to forget is that smaller, lighter cars are generally more agile and the 500 will out handle a monster SUV. Active ves passive safety yo. Ah, screw it, this is America...SUBURBANS FOR EVERYONE!
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're almost on to the American mindset. You only missed the "gas prices should be lower so us people who can barely afford to maintain a car can continue driving our Suburbans!"
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        Tell that to my former (currently dead) co-worker who was agile(ly) sitting at a red light in his Civic when the drunk in the F250 slammed into him from behind. In most multiple car accidents, at least never foresee the accident, in some cases, they die never knowing what hit them. How does agility help you then?
      • 2 Years Ago
      What did you expect from this turd? On the plus side, it is still safer than Tata Nano.
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