Much can be said about small cars – they’re cute, compact, and cheap. But a newly released study also found that drivers of small cars are more at risk on the road than big cars. Intuitive, yes, but you might be surprised as to which cars ranked the worst.

An insurance industry study released last month for model years 2009 to 2011 showed that drivers of the Toyota Yaris should be careful. Yaris drivers are more likely to get injured in a crash than in any other vehicle. For the tiny subcompact car, personal injury claims were filed 28.5 times for every 1,000 Yaris vehicles the industry insured – the most out of any car model.

Some other unsafe contenders listed in the study were the Suzuki SX4, Chevrolet Aveo, Mitsubishi Galant, Kia Rio, and the Nissan Sentra.

In recent years, small-car sales have skyrocketed alongside rising gas prices. Toyota sold more than 260,000 Yaris vehicles since the beginning of this year – a 32 percent growth, which is more than double the sales growth of all cars this year.

The study also seemed to affirm that buying an expensive, luxury car might not be a waste of money after all. Among the vehicles with the least number of personal injury claims was the Porsche 911, which only had 4.5 claims per 1,000 vehicles.

Other low claim cars included the Lexus LX 570, Land Rover Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade.

With car accidents being so prevalent nowadays, consider yourself warned. Next time you are out buying a new car, take into account all of the safety and cost factors.

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