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Mini Cooper Countryman wins small car crash tests, Nissan Leaf fails
Mini Cooper Countryman wins small car crash tests, Nissan Leaf fails

In crash tests of small cars, the little Mini Cooper Countryman turned in a big performance — it was the only vehicle in a group of 12 to win the top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The electric Nissan Leaf short-circuited and the Mazda5 joined a select group of the insurance institute's worst tested vehicles. All of the cars went through the group's small overlap front crash test, in which 25% of a car's front end on the driver's side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph, with test dummies on board. It simulates a wreck in which the front corner of the car hits another car or solid object. Such crashes account for nearly a...

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