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Midsize SUVs struggle in new IIHS crash tests

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:31:24 AM

The U.S. consumer is often interested in several traits when buying new vehicles - affordability, economy and safety, just to name a few. Coupled with auto financing and a sound budget, these elements often directly factor into the final decision.

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shed some light on the overall safety of one specific type of automobile - the midsize sport utility vehicle. According to the IIHS' findings, only two out of the nine tested earned a good rating in the small overlap front crash test, one of the toughest to pass.  

Those were the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain, while the remainder of the test group either rated poor or marginal.

"SUVs have gotten much safer over the past few generations, but some are better than others at providing comprehensive front crash protection," said David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. "When it comes to midsize SUVs, General Motors is showing the way forward."

These crash tests have come at a time when auto manufacturers are under increased scrutiny, according to Reuters. Over the past several months, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars, and Ford announced that more than 400,000 automobiles were to be recalled for several unrelated issues.