When it comes to safety, our go-to source for crash data here at TestDrivenTV is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And this week, their latest round of small-offset tests on crossovers is making big news.
Mid-size crossovers from several brands were part of the latest IIHS crash testing making news for their stellar performance in the brutal small-offset crash test, while others not so good.
The 2015 Nissan Murano earned a Top Safety Pick+ with its performance of structural integrity but control of the dummy. The seat belts and air-bags worked well together to offer up the best protection in addition to the structural performance.
Ford’s venerable Flex crossover also performed at the top of the class with an acceptable score in the small-offset crash. It earned a Top Safety Pick rating only since it’s not available with the latest crash prevention systems.
Jeep Wrangler buyers will be impressed that it too scored exceptionally well in the small-offset crash test. It’s shape and design played well into the 25% width fixed barrier, for the most part taking a glancing blow.
Because the Wrangler scored not so well in other tests like side impact, it wasn’t eligible for Top Safety Pick. Glory for Jeep was short lived however as the smaller Cherokee received a marginal rating on the small-offset test.
Its structure and restraints failed to control the dummy’s movements such to prevent severe injuries. The Dodge Durango also earned a marginal rating for most of the same reasons, a structure that allows the passenger cell to compress.
For a complete rundown of all these tests and additional models, log onto IIHS.org