By David Thomas on June 2, 2010
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 12 new midsize SUVs with its new rollover crush strength requirement, and only six passed.
Of the six, five earned the Top Safety Pick award, which means they received the top score of Good in front, side, rear and roof crash tests and are equipped with stability control.
Although the Jeep Liberty and its Dodge Nitro twin had the best results for roof strength at five times the weight of the vehicle, they rated Acceptable and Marginal in rear and side crash tests, respectively.The five new Top Safety Picks are:
The 2010 Ford Edge — a redesigned 2011 model is planned for a summer release — scored Acceptable for roof strength, while the 2010 Mazda CX-7, Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot and Mitsubishi Endeavor all scored a Marginal rating like the Crosstour.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David