New report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on SUV safety raises issues.
Car buyers flock to new midsize SUVs, also known as crossovers, with the latest safety features, from blind spot monitors to automatic braking. But one safety feature may be the most important – how well the vehicle performs in a crash.
The latest results are discouraging. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just released its findings on the newest midsize SUVs and four of the seven did not get good ratings.
The IIHS ratings were for a small overlap front crash test, which is an accident where an SUV hits another vehicle or stationary object.
A bright spot
But the Jeep Wrangler, which did well in the small overlap rating, was found to have marginal protection in side and rear crash. The Dodge Journey, made by Fiat Chrysler, got a poor rating, and the Dodge Durango and Jeep Cherokee, also by Fiat Chrysler, received marginal ratings. The Hyundai Santa Fe was rated marginal as well. All cars meet the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration standards, which measures overall crashworthiness, but the IIHS’s tests break down the types of crashes to measure for specific types of crashes.