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Old 05-21-2018, 12:16 PM
 
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Im very tall and I fit fine in a Kia Forte, Elentra, Chevy Cruze ad Corolla etc and they would be fine as a commuter car, but when I see them parked in a parking lot next to F150, Silveardo, Explorer and others SUVs and see the huge difference in size, it always pushed me to atleast a Mid to Full sized car, just for more buffering room in case of an accident, even though I might take a 5-10mpg hit on gas for the bigger car.


Do you buy a much bigger car than needed for safety/ simply due to the amount of 4-5000 SUV and pickups on the road?
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:33 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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No. Most large SUVs have no better crash safety the cars, and maybe even worse. Trucks have by far the worst safety results. They may be big and heavy but that doesn't make them safe.
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:37 PM
 
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No. Other vehicles don't frighten me.
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:43 PM
 
Location: NY
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I drive a Chrysler Crossfire (as a summer car anyway), so clearly, I did not buy BIG to be safe from trucks.
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:55 PM
 
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Next time, try parking next to a Smart or i-Q. That will fix your phobia.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:04 PM
 
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I'm 6'7 and find smaller hatchbacks fit me best. Golf/GTI, Forte5 and the like so that's what I gravitate towards. Bigger vehicles don't generally have enough knee room for me ironically.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:37 PM
 
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Smaller cars are, as a rule, better designed to survive a crash. Larger vehicles are more hollow with thinner sheet metal than cars to hold down weight.


The days of larger being safer are long gone due to the fuel mileage requirements forcing engineers to cut weight but leave a false face to fool the customers.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:52 PM
 
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I drove a 370Z for 5 years, I'd rather have the power and agility to avoid a crash
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:58 PM
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Location: Lee County, NC
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The days of larger being safer are long gone due to the fuel mileage requirements forcing engineers to cut weight but leave a false face to fool the customers.
My 2016 F-150 is far safer than a 1996 could ever hope to be.



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Old 05-21-2018, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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My Mazda cx-5 is a a tad bigger than I need, since it's almost always just me-but the one step down Cx-3, I couldn't fit clients into the back seat if I was driving.I was surprised since the cx-3 was almost the same dimensions as the Jeep Cherokee sport that had for years and was able to fit clients in
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