There was a study done a couple years ago about purchasing factors, and safety was not at the top of the list. I was a little suprised at this. Have things changed? For example when I look at a car, they are SAFETY, COMFORT, and QUALITY. There may be others, like OPTIONS, PRICE, TECHNOLOGY, etc. What is important to you?? Just curious. Plus, I think that the so called "crumple zones" perform their purpose of absorbing impact in a collision, but are they really necessary? Cars seem to become easily totalled in a wreck nowadays, is this because of extra damage allowed by crumplezones? Could they be increasing insurance costs?