May 29, 2004
Ford F-150 vs. MINI Cooper

I have to admit that one of the most common things I hear from people when they talk about my MINI is, "It's so small. How can it be safe?"

The answer - pure engineering and forethought.

Pictured below are the results of the IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety) 40 MPH offset head-on collision tests of both vehicles. The pictures speak for themselves. It's clear that the driver in an F-150 would susstain serious, if not, life-threatening injuries while the Cooper driver would apparently walk away with few if any injuries. You can read more here with links to the IIHS stats on both vehicles.

So bigger is not always better...

crash.jpg

Posted by todd at May 29, 2004 05:10 PM
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Yeah, the driver’s safe, but the hamster under the hood is pretty much screwed.

Posted by: Shepcat on May 30, 2004 05:18 AM

now I love my american friends, but in the UK where we all drive small cars (most of us), we all have heard and seen what happens to big badly designed cars. Big does not mean safer, at all. The mini is so safe, I would rather drive it than a full sive SUV and be in a crash. Way to go Todd.

Jase

Posted by: Jason Clark on May 30, 2004 07:35 PM
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