The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) regularly puts SUV models through a rigorous series of tests to determine their crash worthiness and overall safety. The four crash rating scores are Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. In 2016 small SUV model testing the following models have come out on top in testing and were awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS:
– Honda CR-V
– Hyundai Tucson
– Mazda CX-5
– Mitsubishi Outlander
– Subaru Forester
– Toyota RAV4
To qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle must earn ‘Good’ ratings in five crash worthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap, side impact, head restraints, roof strength, and have an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and avoidance collision systems. These capabilities have earned the above models their place as safest 2016 compact SUVs.
While not part of the safety rating, the Tucson and CX-5 scored highest on ease of use of child anchors with an ‘Acceptable’ rating. The other tested models above all scored ‘Marginal’. The Nissan Rogue was a Top Safety Pick but did not score high enough in the crash prevention system rating.
2016 compact SUV models that failed to earn the Top Safety Pick designation along with the culprit score were:
– Jeep Renegade, front small overlap ‘Marginal’
– Volkswagen Tiguan, front small overlap ‘Marginal’
– Ford Escape, front small overlap ‘Poor’
– Jeep Patriot, front small overlap ‘Poor’
– Kia Sportage, front small overlap ‘Poor’
In the subcompact SUV class, the Fiat 500X scored a Top Safety Pick+ rating. To learn more about the awards and ratings, check out the IIHS’ web page and you can learn more about 2016 compact SUV models here.