Well folks, you can take that list with
an enitire shaker of salt. Just look down
to the Large Truck list. They have the Ford
F-150 listed as #1.
This is the same truck that was certain
death in the Insurance Institutes
offset crash test. I saw that thing on
TV when it hit and it crumpled up like
a bitch! The dude said the he "would sell
it if he had one", but you could see anyone
inside that thing was dead, no question.
As someone who has been in a front, offset
crash, I appreciate this kind of info
(not my fault!). The car I was driving did
OK becuase I was going slow (84 Camaro).
Much faster and I would have been dead.
Given the cars that they have on the other
lists, I do not put much creedence in the
Small Luxury Car list. It may in fact be
accurate, but I would not take their word
Frankly, I believe that list to be quite simply a load of ----.
The only two organizations that crash test with any scientific rigor are the NHTSA and IIHS. They produce the only results that I would give any credence to. Neither of these two have crashed all the cars on that list to allow a heirarchy of safety to become evident.
I believe some desk jockey just tallied up the advertised safety features, sprinkled in a dash of word-of-mouth, and cooked up that list.
Am I indignant that the IS could be 5th on that list? Not really. It could or couldn't be; I don't know. Is the IS a safe car? Probably, having received a rating of 5 stars in side impact and 4 stars in frontal impact from the NHTSA.
(Remember, the ratings are only applicable within each vehicle class. Don't think a 5 star/5 star Civic actually does better in real-world accidents, or some 3-star full-size truck will do worse.)