Small cars continue to be the most dangerous type of vehicle for drivers, according to a report released by the IIHS on Thursday.
Small cars and minicars accounted for 15 of the 20 deadliest vehicles for drivers, with the Ford Fiesta having the most driver deaths during the period of the study, from 2015 to 2018.
“Smaller vehicles offer less protection for the driver in crashes, and their lighter mass means that they take the brunt of collisions with larger vehicles,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president of vehicle research.
Predictably, full-size SUVs such as the GMC Yukon had the lowest rate of driver deaths in the study. Large SUVs had 15 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years, while minicars topped the other end with 82 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years.
Last conducted three years ago, the study analyzes how many drivers died…