Popular small SUVs put to the test

Popular small SUVs put to the test

Popular small SUVs put to the test

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by Heather Graf / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Your precious cargo could be at risk, depending on what you're driving.  On Thursday, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety released its latest crash test results on some of the most popular small SUVs.

Eleven of the 13 vehicles tested received a poor or marginal rating.

"I think it's concerning, because I think people are going with the smaller SUVs because they're trying to be economical and get better gas mileage," said driver Patrick Schoemaker.

He traded in his Hyundai Tucson last year, and upon seeing the results of this latest test, is glad that he did.

The Tucson was one of five vehicles to receive a poor rating when it comes to protecting you in an overlap frontal crash test.

That's a crash where a portion of the vehicle's front end hits a rigid barrier while traveling about 40 mph.

Also receiving a poor rating were the Kia Sportage, Buick Encore, Jeep Patriot, and the Ford Escape.

The BMW X1, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and two-door Jeep Wrangler, and the Volkswagen Tiguan all received a marginal rating.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport received an acceptable rating.

As for the only car to pass every aspect of the crash test, the 2014 Subaru Forester came out on top.

The ratings were based on a variety of factors, including how seat belts, air bags, and door frames performed during the crash.

To see the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety's complete list, click here.

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