IIHS Small-overlap crash test of small SUVs / Crossovers – Disappointing Results
Posted on May 16, 2013
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the results its small-overlap crash test of small SUVs / Crossovers (Press Release here) (to gain a better understanding of the relevance of this test, see Car Match’s prior article re: auto safety / crash testing here). The results are pretty abysmal, with only the new 2014 Subaru Forester earning a “Good” rating in the test out of 13 total SUVs tested. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport managed to obtain an “Acceptable” rating. Several very popular models, including the Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Patriot, Ford Escape and Buick Encore garnered the dreadful “Poor” rating, while the Honda CR-V, BMW X1, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Rogue and Volkswagen Tiguan were able to merely eke out a “Marginal” rating. This is especially disappointing for the Buick Encore, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, as they are recently introduced / redesigned models. Buick, Ford, Honda and Mazda should have taken the IIHS’s relatively new small-overlap test into account during their design phases. While it’s unsurprising that older models such as the Nissan Rogue and Jeep Wrangler fared poorly (as they were designed well before the small-overlap test came into being), we hope that their redesigns introduce reinforcements to better protect passengers in the small-overlap test.
Click here to see the IIHS video release.