The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety came out with another round of crash-test results last week, bringing early Christmas cheer to theEuropean and Japanese makers of five small and mid-size cars. But the real action on the crash-test front is coming in with the New Year, according to the Wall Street Journal
.The Insurance Institute's latest tests gave "good" and "best pick" ratings to five cars: the 2002 Suzuki Aerio, the 2003 Toyota Corolla, the 2003 Honda Accord, the 2002 Audi A4 and, surprisingly, BMW's 2002 Mini Cooper --one of the smallest production vehicles for sale in the United States.So far this year, all the mid-sized and small cars the Insurance Institute (www.hwysafety.org
) has crash-tested have earned a good rating.Worth noting, according to the Journal
, is that all of the "best picks" on the Institute's list of small and midsize cars are made by Japanese or German car makers.