December 2, 2003

Midsize SUVs do well in 40 mph frontal offset crash tests

Arlington, Virginia – In 40 mph frontal offset crash tests conducted recently by
the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, eight midsize SUVs earned ratings of
“good”, while one was rated “acceptable”.

Three luxury models (Lexus RX 330, Infiniti FX, and Cadillac SRX) earned good
ratings overall and the added designation of “best pick.” Five other SUVs (Toyota
4Runner, Nissan Murano, Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Pilot, and Mitsubishi Endeavor)
also earned good ratings, and all but the Endeavor were best picks. The Kia Sorento
was rated acceptable.

Vehicle ratings reflect performance in 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into a
deformable barrier. Based on the results, the Institute evaluates the
crashworthiness of passenger vehicles, assigning each vehicle a rating from good to
poor overall. If a vehicle earns a good rating, it means that in a real-world crash
of similar severity a belted driver would be likely to walk away without serious

“These results demonstrate the effectiveness of the Institute’s frontal crash test
program in bringing about improvements in vehicle designs,” says Adrian Lund, the
Institute’s chief operating officer. “When the Institute first tested midsize SUVs
in 1996, none was rated good. Now there are 16 current midsize SUV designs rated
good.” But Lund noted that 7 still are rated marginal or poor.

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