Only 3 of 7 midsize SUVs perform well in crash tests

May 12, 2015 7:52 AM by Cheryl Wengren

DETROIT (AP) - Only three of seven midsize SUVs from the 2015 model year performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Nissan Murano and Jeep Wrangler four-door got the highest, or "good," rating in the latest round of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small overlap crash tests. The Ford Flex got the second-best "acceptable," rating. The test mimics what happens when a car's front corner collides with an object such as a utility pole.

The Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee and Hyundai Santa Fe got "marginal" ratings, and the Dodge Journey received a "poor" rating on the test.

The Murano was the only one of the seven to get the IIHS coveted "Top Safety Pick Plus" designation.


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