Rental cars: Which ones are the safest

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Some rental cars are safer than others. USA Todaycrunched the numbers on new makes and models rented by the eight largest U.S. chains. The paper relied on ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

One out of four cars have "poor" ratings in a few types of accidents: side, rear, and rollover.

USA Today found six 2011 vehicles and one 2010 vehicle with "poor" side-impact crash ratings: the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, the Volkswagen New Beetle, the two-door Jeep Wrangler, GMC Canyon, the Chevrolet Colorado with a crew cab, and the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Three 2010 vehicles — the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Infiniti M35 and the Hummer H3 — are rated "poor" in rear-crash ratings.

The safest small, economy-class 2011 cars are the four-door Honda Civic, the Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Subaru Impreza.

More details at USA Today.

How about with you? Have you ever considered safety when picking a rental car?

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