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New Mid Size SUVs Get Poor Rating IIHS Crash Testing

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released test results of a nine current model midsize SUVs using the latest test standards that have been made strict earlier this year.

Before we get into the details, the result were somewhat disastrous when you expect cars and trucks to becomes safer each year.  Only two models from General Motors - Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain -  earned the highest rating of Good and the rest of the vehicles got either Marginal or Poor.

Three midsize SUVs: The Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer received Marginal ratings. The worst performers were the Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot, which sustained significant structural collapse, according to the institute.  The two vehicles and the Kia Sorento, received Poor ratings, the lowest rating.

It's particularly great news for GM who has been under scrutiny and criticism related to defective parts which had lead to numerous accidents and number of deaths.  The company is under investigation by federal prosecutors as well.

The small overlap test requires 25 percent of a vehicles front end on the driver side hit a 5 foot high rigid barrier at 40mph. It is designed to replicate what happens when the corner of a vehicle clips another vehicle or object like a utility pole.

Equinox and Terrain had already earned the Top Safety Pick distinction, however the criteria for Top Safety Pick+ requires a vehicle to offer a frontal crash alert system meeting IIHS requirements. The available forward collision alert on the Equinox and Terrain uses a camera to detect when a driver is at risk of hitting an object ahead, and will deliver visual and audible alerts to inform the driver of the hazard.

If you are in the market for a mid size SUV, you may want to give a great deal of consideration to this report since the test has been updated simulate real-life scenarios.

For a complete test result, visit IIHS website

New Mid Size SUVs Get Poor Rating IIHS Crash Testing Reviewed by Brandon on 10:54 PM Rating: 5

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