Only 2 midsize SUVs, both GM, get top crash test rating

Only 2 midsize SUVs, both GM, get top crash test rating

Credit: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Survival space: The structure of the Chevrolet Equinox (left) held up well, leaving adequate space for the driver. In contrast, the driver space in the Honda Pilot was seriously compromised. In the worst instance of intrusion, the parking brake pedal moved inward more than 16 inches.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 8:43 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says General Motors' Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain received its highest, or "good," rating. The Toyota Highlander got the second-best "acceptable" rating in tests of 2014 models.

Read the report summary

The institute says the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer got "marginal" ratings, while the Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot all were rated "poor."

The SUVs generally performed well on six crash tests done by the institute, but only the Equinox and Terrain got "good" ratings in a front overlap crash. That test mimics what happens when a car's front corner collides with another vehicle or an object like a utility pole.

 

Watch a video on the tests

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