The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released its results of a new crash test on compact SUV’s, and the result for some popular compact SUV’s isn’t good.
The Ford Escape, Hyundai Tuscon, Kia Sportage, Jeep Patriot and Buick Encore all received a rating of ‘poor’ in the new test. The test rates how well each vehicle does when 1/4 of the front bumper hits a barrier at approximately 65 km/h.
According to the IIHS, a quarter of all serious or fatal collisions occur in this manner.
Other vehicles tested in the same test were the BMW X1, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Wrangler, Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V which all got the next rating up – ‘marginal’.
The only SUV’s to score a ‘good’ score were the Subaru Forester and the Mitsubishi RVR. The were awarded the ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’ award.
To be fair to the manufacturers, this is a new kind of test and as a result, they will have to examine the findings in order to better improve on their product, which will of course take some time. Most manufacturers released a statement saying they are committed to reviewing the findings of the test and re-evaluating designs as necessary.
This is the same test that was performed on 12 sport sedans back in January.