The 2014 Chevy Spark has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In its first year of eligibility, the Spark became the only vehicle in the minicar segment to earn the rating.

The Spark used a combination of high-strength steel and advanced safety features to become certified as the safest minicar on the road.

Chevy Spark: A 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick

StockPhotoThumb.ashxThe Spark achieved “good”, the highest possible score, in four of the IIHS’s tests:

  • Overlap front
  • Side
  • Roof strength
  • Head restraints

With a positive performance in the small overlap test, a new trial designed to replicate a collision between a stationary object and the front corner of a vehicle, the 2014 Chevy Spark made the cut for one of the top safety awards in the industry.

Because of their small size and unique shape, minicars present uncommon challenges for safety-focused designers. The Spark’s relatively short wheelbase of 93.5 inches required the design team to strengthen the front end, creating better absorption of impact energy around the occupants.

Light-weight, high-strength steels constitute over 62% of the Spark’s underbody and 42% of its upper body.

The Spark’s door beams and H-shaped structure under the seating area are designed to enhance protection in side impacts. In frontal collisions, a cradle extension offers additional support.

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Comprehensive crash testing made the 2014 Chevy Spark an IIHS Top Safety Pick

To help preserve occupant space in the event of a rollover crash, the Spark’s roof bow and B-pillar use high-strength steel. Protecting the gas tank from rear impacts is a high-strength rear rail.

An advanced system of airbags also works to reduce the chance of injury during a collision. Driver and front passenger knee airbags protect the lower legs, while frontal, seat-mounted, and side curtain airbags work together to create comprehensive protection.

Additional safety features include:

  • Rollover sensing system
  • Three-point seat belts in all four seats
  • LATCH child seat system
  • Adjustable head restraint
  • Collapsible steering column

Safe Vehicles in Cedar Rapids

We want Cedar Rapids drivers to be safe on the road. That’s why we offer a large inventory of safe and reliable vehicles, including the Chevy Spark.

Call Pat McGrath Chevyland at 888-406-6073, or visit our Cedar Rapids location for a free test drive in a Chevy Spark.