I think a realistic portrayal should include an occasional collision ("note how our driver is relatively unhurt, versus the critically injured passengers in the competition's car!").
I think this is the most awesome car advertising / FOX Reality Show idea ever!
"Hello, and welcome back to 'Crash Survivor'! Each week we put real people in real cars to complete in head-on collision safety testing. Tonight, in honor of the Big 3 bailout, the CEO of GM and the CEO of Chrystler will ram each other at 50mph - that's a combined speed of 100 miles per hour!