I'm wondering though...do safety standards and such take into account the fact that a smaller, lighter car can out maneuver a bigger car any day of the week, and thereby avoid a crash altogether? Or do they just focus on the survival rate once you've crashed?
I own a suv and it seemed to me that all the talk about safety seemed to be coming from the industry and their marketing hype, I'm not sure I buy that suvs are truly safer then smaller cars.
Crash tests are done by independent testing sites. And as far as maneuverability, a car can handle great, but if the driver doesn't know how or what to do than all that maneuverability goes out the door so I wouldn't think that they can base the safety on that, it would simply be a selling feature.