andykeck said:I look at it this way. For several years, all I owned was a series of motorcycles. I commuted on one year round here in Seattle. The Elise, no matter how minimal or hard core, has got to be safer and more comfortable than that. It's all gravy to me.
*ditto*Dan said:I feel safer when I have more control--yes, I feel safer driving a Miata vs. driving an SUV.
Randy Chase said:
My feeling is that if you get struck head on or t-boned by a much larger car, that is not going to be good. But those types of accidents are only a percentage of accidents. If you run the car into something like a brick wall, the mass of your car is not as much an issue as the effectiveness of the crumple zones are.
Is it as safe as driving an SUV as far as car-to-car collisions? Probably not. But then an SUV is not as safe as Hummer which is not as safe as a SEMI. It's a compromise. How well does the cockpit hold up in a crash? How good is the crumple zone engineering?
Randy Chase said:The car is not that small. It's larger I believe than your MR-2.
And no, not all cars can handle the accident avoidance like the Elise can. Most people probably are going to be skill limited though.
Trucks, Minivans, SUVs, Semis, etc do own the road. There are that many of them. You can't change that. All you can do is surround yourself with my steel (join them) or drive better and make sure your car can handle well, the tires and brakes are good.
Besides, one can get hit just as easily by a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry and at freeway speed, that could be a very bad thing. I think it's more important to take the step of being as best possibly set up to be able to avoid the problem in the first place. That is a nimble car, good tires, and an alert driver.
Second is that the car should be safe because of good engineering. Your MR-2 is a case in point. No engine in the front, a frontal impact may seem like a very bad thing....but it's not. And the MR-2 enjoys a very secure cockpit, even though it's a small car.
P.S. Do you still own the turbo?
Dan said:I am a little confused about your original question, considering you have driven an MR2. The Elise will be in the same safety class as the MR2, and will not likely be an order of magnitude safer or more dangerous.
How long have you driven the MR2, and for how many miles? Have you ever been in an accident in the MR2? If yes, did that accident involve a large car or truck not seeing you and cutting you off? How accident prone are you?
If you're the type of person that seems to attract accidents, then you shouldn't feel safe in an Elise, especially if you don't feel safe in an MR2. I have never been in a car accident, and I hope that has at least something to do with not being in blind spots, not blindly entering an intersection on a green light, allowing agressive tailgaiters to pass me, and being constantly aware of surroundings and escape paths. I will feel very safe in my Elise.
If you do feel safe in an MR2, why are we even having this discussion?
mikester said:That's right, people are finally, finally starting to realize that these monstrosities are not really that safe, after all.