The 5 Most Watched IIHS Crash Tests of 2022

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If you’re shopping for a new or used car, it’s not a bad idea to see how your prospective vehicle will do in the unfortunate reality of a collision. Crash test videos are fun to watch whether you’re in the car market or not. The folks at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety cut together their five most watched crash tests of the past year, and they are remarkable. Check them out in the video here, and the list below.

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The Jeep Wrangler is a monster off-road, but its high center of gravity doesn’t make it the best when it comes to the small front overlap crash test. As you can see in the video above, or read from the whole IIHS report here, Jeep’s Wrangler doesn’t exactly pass the test with flying colors. The IIHS gave the ’21 Wrangler a marginal rating for its front overlap crash test.

Like Jeep’s Wrangler, the Ford Bronco’s high center of gravity makes it excellent at clearing obstacles but costs it some points in certain crash scenarios. Though, as you can see in the video, the Bronco does a better job at the front overlap test than its cross-town rival. The IIHS gave the Bronco a good rating on its small front overlap test—better than the Jeep.

Subaru ushered in its second-generation BRZ with the 2022 model year, so it’s only natural the sport coupe’s fans flocked to its crash test video. Between curiosity and legitimate market research, it only makes sense to see how the re-engineered coupe performs in a crash.

Admittedly, this one is a head-scratcher. The Chevrolet Spark is exiting production, and the 2013 model hasn’t been relevant since it launched. Though, one of the many driving factors to push people to watch this test could have been the heavily inflated car prices, which pushed buyers to more affordable options that were previously off their radar. Or, as one commenter notes, the video could have just been pushed to viewers by YouTube’s algorithm. Regardless, the Spark received an acceptable rating in 2013.

The latest entry to Tesla’s lineup was the top-viewed IIHS crash test last year, according to the safety organization. The battery-electric compact crossover received a good crash rating from IIHS and racked up over 276,000 views since the test hit YouTube.

Wesley Wren has spent his entire life around cars, whether it’s dressing up as his father’s 1954 Ford for Halloween as a child, repairing cars in college or collecting frustrating pieces of history—and most things in between.

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