Only Three-in-Seven SUVs Hold Up Well in Charleston Auto Accidents


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The Insurance Institute for Highways Safety (IIHS) has just run another round of trials. The agency is an independent firm which was established more than 50 years ago with the mission of reducing fatalities and other losses on the road. This time, their goal was to see which 2015 model-year SUVs are safest in the event of an auto accident. Concerningly, only three of the seven SUVs tested this year performed well. Best Mid-Size SUVs to Drive For these ratings, IIHS ran a "small overlap test," in which the SUVs were observed during a controlled auto accident. Researchers set the vehicles on a track traveling at 40mph directly into a pillar which overlapped with the driver-side headlamp, or which covered roughly 25% of the vehicle's front end. Damage to the overall structure, how well the safety restraints performed, and injuries to the crash test dummies were noted. Each SUV received a rating of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor for each category, and was then assigned an overall grade using the same scale. The three that performed the best were:

  1. Nissan Murano, which earned a rating of Good, and also received IIHS' highest award, the TOP SAFETY PICK+.
  2. Jeep Wrangler (4-door), which earned a Good
  3. Ford Flex, which earned an Acceptable

SUVs That Didn't Make the Cut Several of the SUVs tested did not hold up well at all. In one case, design flaws caused the crash test dummy's head barely graze the airbag before sliding off to the side, and also had another airbag fail to deploy. If the dummies had been real, they would have suffered everything from head injuries to broken bones and would have received damage to their legs and hips. In one SUV, the driver compartment literally caved in, which could trap or crush a person during a collision.

  1. Dodge Journey, which was the worst-performing SUV, and was also the only one to earn a rating of Poor.
  2. Dodge Durango, which was rated as Marginal.
  3. Hyundai Santa Fe, which earned a Marginal
  4. Jeep Cherokee, Which also earned a rating of Marginal.

Several Other Good Bets Among midsize SUVs, several others not included in this round of testing stood out from the crowd and earned IIHS "Safety Pick" awards.

  • Chevrolet Equinox (2015 model)
  • GMC Terrain (2015 model)
  • Kia Sorento (2016 model)
  • Nissan Pathfinder (2015 model)
  • Toyota Highlander (2015 model)

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