New crash test results out Tuesday show many midsized SUVs are failing to perform.
In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only two out of nine midsize SUVs rated "good" in small overlap front crash tests. The test simulates what happens when the front corner of an SUV going 40 miles an hour crashes into an object.
The two top performers were the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain. Both earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2014. The Toyota Highlander game in third, rating "acceptable" in the small overlap crash test. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer all performed marginally overall: not good enough to get a top safety rating from the institute. Poor performers were the Kia Sorento, Mazda C-X-9 and in last place, the Honda Pilot.
These new test results from the Insurance Institute have caused Consumer Reports to change its ratings. The magazine has decided to pull its recommendations of the three S-U-Vs that performed poorly in these crash tests.