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There's a bunch of ways to muck up a crash test but still receive a decent score, as several midsize SUVs proved in the latest round of crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The IIHS subjected a group of midsize SUVs to its new passenger-side small overlap crash tests, which are meant to build on similar tests the IIHS instituted for the driver side. The tests are meant to mimic collisions with trees and utility poles. It tested the 2018 Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas, as well as the 2019 Kia Sorento.
Guy - Peasy
"Oh, I know a guy who can fix that, easy peasy."
The two best performers were the Atlas and Sorento, both of which earned "Good" scores in every metric. The Acadia was close behind, with only one "Acceptable" rating for passenger restraints. The Acadia was dinged a bit as the passenger dummy's head slid off the front airbag, increasing the risk of head injury.
Bottom - Barrel - Ford - Explorer - Jeep
At the bottom of the barrel are the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee....
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