Not surprisingly, medium-sized SUVs have a better safety rating than smaller SUVs in a recent side-effect test conducted by Highway Safety (IIHS). On the other hand, how well they scored, it certainly raised eyebrows. Ten of the 18 medium-sized SUVs received the highest rating of ‘good’ in ten rigorous new tests, a modified barrier (4,200 lbs) for vehicles starting from the 2020 model year at high speeds (37 miles per hour) and a hard bee frontal. Are fitted with the structure. In contrast, only one in 20 small SUVs achieved a ‘good’ score.
The SUVs that got ‘good’ scores are Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln Aviator, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and Volkswagen ID.4. For EV fans, it’s like noticing IDT. 4 was the only electric vehicle included in the test. Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Travers slipped away with ‘acceptable’ ratings while Honda Passport, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Wrangler 4-door, Kia Telluride and Nissan Murano were considered mere ‘marginal’ in tough new tests. Only two models – the Mazda CX-9 and the Volkswagen ID.4 – received a “good” rating in each test category.
Interestingly, the Jeep Wrangler would have received a ‘good’ rating if it had been equipped with side airbags for the rear seating position. Equipping its removable top and / or doors with airbags can be an engineering challenge, but the lack of that safety feature allows the rear passenger dummy head to hit the upper vertical support. Otherwise, Wrangler has received good ratings across the board. The new Ford Bronco, which offers more allowances for side-effect protection, has not yet been tested.
The popular Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride SUVs differ in testing with a ‘poor’ rating for driver’s pelvic injuries. The Nissan Murano, the latest redesigned vehicle for the 2015 model year, is the only vehicle tested that has received a ‘poor’ rating for its structure and safety cages.
Test videos of 12 of these 18 SUVs can be found on IIHS’s YouTube page.