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Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, smart fortwo, MINI Cooper
#9839 of 9848 Does anyone have any "unfortunate" real life...
May 27, 2013 (5:31 pm)
info on the toyota yaris 4 door hatchback in rear end collisions? I like this car a lot, but worry about back seat riders in a rear end collision. Would like to hear from all who have had good/bad stories having to do with real life safety with the Yaris. Don't mean to drum up any bad memories, so please forgive me!
#9840 of 9848 Re: Does anyone have any "unfortunate" real life... [kreuzer]
May 29, 2013 (6:17 am)
Check out crash tests; they're going to give you a better idea of how the Yaris fares in crashes better than anecdotal evidence. Obviously if you're hit by a big rig, the less crumple space between you and the truck, the more likely you are to be "run over" in the back seat, but otherwise, there aren't many "unsafe" small cars on the road these days.
#9841 of 9848 Re: Mazda 2 [ateixeira]
Jun 03, 2013 (1:40 pm)
Well, I guess Ford has fixed the footwell problem in the 2013 Fusion model. I just purchased one, I'm 6'2" and have not noticed any issue with the footwell. In fact, it is quite roomy.
#9843 of 9848 Techno Pink Chevy Spark owner?
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Jun 12, 2013 (1:13 pm)
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#9844 of 9848 Re: Mazda 2 [okieeagle]
Jun 12, 2013 (1:55 pm)
I drove a 2013 Fusion this past weekend, at a Ford-sponsored test drive event. Actually, I was impressed at the location and angle of the dead pedal. It worked fine for my 35" inseam and size 12 foot.
The main areas where the Fusion came up short for me was in the back seat. Legroom was tight, and I had to crouch to keep from touching the ceiling. Overall, both front and rear, the car is not as roomy as the 44.3" front and 38.3" rear legroom numbers might suggest. I could still fit in the front, but when they throw around numbers that generous, I'm expecting a seat that goes back so far I can barely reach the pedals.
#9845 of 9848 Re: Mazda 2 [andre1969]
Jun 13, 2013 (7:03 am)
Ford has been going in reverse as far as backseat room for several models. The Fusion, Escape and Taurus all have less backseat room than previous versions. Same for the 2013 Chevy Malibu, so much that it's one of the reasons the Malibu is being redesigned for more backseat room. The new Toyota Avalon is same, with decreased backseat room.
#9846 of 9848 Re: Mazda 2 [typesix]
Jun 13, 2013 (7:15 am)
Yeah, I noticed it in the Taurus (versus the 500) and Avalon as well, and the Malibu was, IMO, an especially serious offender. One exception though, is the 2014 Impala, which I found quite comfortable, both front and rear.
The outgoing Avalon seemed huge inside to me, compared to a Camry. But with the new one, I don't see nearly as much difference. I wouldn't say they're totally redundant yet, because at least the Avalon does look more upscale.
Yet, at the same time, it seems like the smaller cars keep on getting bigger. It's to the point now that some models marketed as compacts, such as the Cruze, Dart, and Sentra, are technically at the low end of the midsized segment, according to the EPA. IIRC, the Civic was very close, but not quite, at the compact/midsize threshold. I imagine that the 2014 Corolla, which is on something like a 106" wheelbase, will technically be a midsize as well.
I noticed the 2013 Accord seems a bit smaller inside than the preceding model, as well. But, to maintain some legroom dimensions, it seemed like it used smaller, thinner seats.
#9847 of 9848 Re: Mazda 2 [andre1969]
Jun 15, 2013 (4:51 am)
The 2013 Accord actually has a bit more legroom than the 2012 (38.5" vs 37.2"). Overall, the 2013 has 103 cu ft. or passenger space versus 106 cu ft. in the 2012.
But you are correct about the current 2010-2013 Taurus vs. the 2005-2009 Five Hundred/Taurus. The older car was 108 cu ft. and the current model has 102 cu ft. of interior space. Rear leg room decreased from 41.2" to 38.1" (3.1" less in the current model).
#9848 of 9848 Baby Boomer compact or subcompact buyer?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2013 (8:07 am)
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