The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest “good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Toyota Highlander got the second-best “acceptable” rating in tests of 2014 models.
See: Insurance Institute For Highway Safety Report
But the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer got “marginal” ratings, while the Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot all were rated “poor.”
The ratings are based on six crash test measurements done by the institute. Only the Equinox and Terrain got “good” ratings in a front overlap crash that mimics what happens when a car’s front corner collides with another vehicle or an object like a utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph.
The test, instituted in 2012, is more difficult than the U.S. government’s frontal crash test, in which a car strikes a rigid barrier head-on at 35 mph "
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