New small cars generally received good ratings for frontal crashes, but they fare worse when tested in side and rear collisions, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

IIHS said it tested seven 2009 small car models from various auto manufacturers. All cars tested earned the highest rating of “good” for frontal crashes, but only the Suzuki SX4 and Toyota Matrix (and its twin, the Pontiac Vibe) earned good ratings for side crashes.

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