Originally Posted by Cute 'n Fuzzy Bunny
Hey Masterblaster...CR seems to factor in safety quite a bit on their ratings, but I look at their numbers as being from the practical safe/economical/reliable standpoint and then look at one of the car enthusiast rags for the testosterone 'vroom vroom' stuff. When they agree or come close to each other, I know i've got a winner.
Haven't we already been through this once ??
Anyway, small (lower weight) cars are inherently more dangerous than larger cars - That's just physics. Airbags help, and crash testing helps determine safer cars too. But which car would you rather be in in the Excursion/Corolla collision. As I recall, Consumer Reports only uses crash test ratings to dfetermine safety
Check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (ie. real world) stats http://www.iihs.org/brochures/ictl/pdf/ictl_0906.pdf
And note that, for example, you are around 3 times more likely to be killed in a Corolla than a Grand Marquis. Both of these cars had pretty good crash test scores but the real-world experience with the cars suggests that they don't have similar real-world survivabilty experience.