Last post on May 15, 2006 at 5:57 AM
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#2 of 6 NHTSA crash tests
Oct 28, 2005 (9:06 pm)
The NHTSA has crash tested the '06 Rio:
Front: Driver 4 stars, Passenger 5 stars
Side: Front and Rear, 3 stars
IMO, for an all-new design with side bags and curtains, these results are pretty poor. It proves I guess that there's more to crash protection than bags of air. I'll see what happens in the IIHS tests, but I'm not too optimistic since those tests are tougher. This probably eliminates the Rio for me. Hopefully its cousin the Accent will fare better.
#3 of 6 Re: NHTSA crash tests [backy]
Oct 29, 2005 (12:59 am)
For a small car like the Rio, these test numbers seem well within the acceptable range to me. What do you expect from something this size? It seems logical that the Accent will also have similar numbers when it is tested.
The true problem is not in the less than five star crash ratings, but in the vulgar, huge, gas-guzzling SUVs out there driven by soccer moms who have poor driving skills. I can't wait until the full-size SUV is a thing of the past!
#4 of 6 Re: NHTSA crash tests [allfiredup]
Oct 29, 2005 (5:55 am)
What do you expect from something this size?
The '01-'05 Civic coupe got 4 x 5 stars in the NHTSA crash tests, and that car was designed over five years ago. It's approximately the same weight as the Rio. So with the benefit of a current design and six airbags, I did expect better from the Rio, especially on side impacts. Five stars for the driver would be real nice too.
I am hopeful that the Accent will do better, since it has a different body structure and Hyundai has a tendency to out-perform Kias based on the same platform, e.g. Elantra does better than the Spectra in crash tests even though the Spectra is a newer design.
#5 of 6 2006 Rio5...
May 15, 2006 (5:20 am)
Does anyone know if the new Rio 5 has been crash tested by the IIHS and what were the findings?
#6 of 6 Re: 2006 Rio5... [kreuzer]
May 15, 2006 (5:57 am)
You can check this at www.iihs.org and can ask there to receive email updates on IIHS news. The Rio5 hasn't been tested by the IIHS yet.