An insurance industry group, which tested small SUVs in a deadly type of front-end crash, said that most of them fared poorly.
Thirteen SUVs were tested and Subaru’s Forester was the only one rated ‘good’, while Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport came on the second place with an ‘acceptable’ score in the test started by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2012.
The vehicles rated ‘poor’ were the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, GM’s Buick Encore, Ford’s Escape and Chrysler’s Jeep Patriot. According to auto researcher Autodata Corp. sales of SUVs and wagons have increased 13.6% during the first four months of this year, as this type of vehicles becomes more and more popular especially among families.
“With the redesigned Forester, Subaru’s engineers set out to do well in our new test, and they succeeded,” Joe Nolan, the institute’s vice president for vehicle research, said in an e-mailed statement. “This is exactly how we hoped manufacturers would respond to improve protection for people in these kinds of serious frontal crashes.”
The test simulates the car’s front corner colliding with a pole, three or car, and it is tougher compared with the crash tests held by the U.S. auto-safety regulators to rate vehicles according to the five-star system. The six SUVs rated ‘marginal’ were the Nissan Rogue, BMW X1, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan and Jeep Wrangler.