The Best Midsize SUVs That Keep Drivers and Passengers Safe During Crashes
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – New crash data shows that more than half of all midsize SUVs received positive ratings for keeping drivers and passengers safe in side collisions.
Getting from point A to point B safely is everyone’s priority when it comes to being on the road and now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals which midsize SUVs are the safest to drive.
Researchers tested 18 mid-size SUVs and 10 of those SUVs got a good review, including the Ford Explorer. Researchers involved in the tests say SUV drivers with good ratings are 70% less likely to die in a left-side impact crash. They also used an improved and more robust test.
The group that received a “good” rating includes the Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln Aviator, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas.
The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse received “acceptable” ratings.
“A vehicle’s rating is determined by how well the passenger compartment holds its shape, the driver and rear passenger dummies’ injury risk measures and how well the airbags protect the dummies’ heads,” David said. Harkey, president of insurance. Institute for Road Safety.
As part of their testing, their engineers also used a new heavier crash vehicle and more rigorous testing to simulate deadly high-speed collisions where two passing vehicles collide at an intersection.
“We needed a new, more difficult test that represented real-world crashes that happen today, which involve higher speeds and heavier vehicles,” Harkey said. “What we have done is develop a heavier barrier and now we are running our tests at a higher speed. These two factors combined created 82% more energy in our tests today. »
Overall, the researchers said the mid-size SUV group was much better than the small SUVs. Last year, only one small SUV got a good rating.
These researchers say an important factor in this is that mid-size SUVs sit higher than small ones. The extra height adds another layer of protection.
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