The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed an interesting SUV crash test ratings result: 15 small SUVs received “poor” ratings.
However, the vehicles are still reportedly safe since the test focuses on the safety of back-seat passengers.
Besides the poor-rated cars, Volvo XC40 and Ford Escape perform well enough and earn a “good” rating.
Toyota RAV4 was marked “acceptable,” while Subaru Forester and Nissa Rogue earned a “marginal” rating.
Unfortunately, some cars earned “poor” for the small SUV crash test ratings, such as Jeep Renegade, Jeep Compass, Buick Encore, Honda CR-V and HR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stated that all 15 vehicles got good ratings in the initial evaluation.
In the new test show, the report also said most of the small SUVs don’t provide proper protection for the rear passenger’s neck and head.
Overall, the crash test result doesn’t indicate that the vehicle has become unsafe because the institute focused on how well the driver was protected.
David Herkey, IIHS President, said that the car industry has always been good at responding to their tests.
Therefore, the crash test is an effort to get automakers to make safety improvements for their customers.
It’s an essential issue since small SUVs are the most popular cars in the United States.