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Not very safe, not very fuel efficient... But then you are safer in an econobox than most SUVs and pickup trucks, even though they're loaded with ABS, stability control, and all the other gimmicks to try to make them safer (for example, compare actual stopping distances and slalom course times between a Cobalt and Tundra). Guess who's going to roll and get squished in an accident? And FYI, head-on accidents are comparatively rare.
And fuel efficiency? I get 18 mpg in a 1934 Ford truck with one of the first V8s ever made, not to mention ancient bearings, heavy tires and wheels, 1/4" steel all around, etc. And everyone thinks 30 mpg is supposed to be good?
Finally, good luck getting the listed cars with less than 120k or so for ten grand. There are cars out there for less money, with less miles - they just don't make the Asian list (and VWs... the least reliable, most expensive cars to maintain).