The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given its Top Pick award to 6 more SUVs after a brilliant performance in the crash test evaluations. The winning six are, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Venza, GMC Terrain, and theChevrolet Equinox.

In order to gain this prestigious award, the six had to be tested on their front, side, and rear impact ability, as well as a roof strength test to simulate a roll over, something SUVs can be prone to do. Despite the IIHS giving these six strong ratings, they did warn that other popular SUVs lack the proper roof strength.

The highest rating went to the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, followed closely by the Kia Sorento and the Toyota Highlander. The GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox did well, but only models made after March of 2010 got the Top Pick award. This is due to a number of modifications made during the production run.

Some other SUVs that were tested include the Ford Edge, which had an acceptable roof test, the Honda Accord Crosstour, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-7, Mitsubishi Endeavor, and the Nissan Murano. All five of those vehicles showed enough flex to be rated marginal, the second lowest score.

The Jeep Liberty and the Dodge Nitro did well in the rollover test, but only received a marginal rating in the side impact category. As a result, they failed to win the Top Pick award.

The Grand Cherokee, Equinox, Terrain, Highlander and Venza join theDodge Journey, Lexus RX, Subaru Tribeca and Volvo’s XC60, and XC90 as Top Pick winners.

The IIHS said that it has more SUVs to test so the list might get a little longer.


Source: LeftLaneNews

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  (401) posted on 02.27.2011

I don’t know if this is sarcasm or you really mean it, but thank you so much for making me laughing so hard today!!

  (762) posted on 02.27.2011

I am happy with my 12 year old Jeep GJ. Yes there have been repairs along the way but the vehicle looks like new, drives like new, and is solid.

  (544) posted on 06.7.2010

it’s only the performance but also the safety features of an suv must take into account.

  (460) posted on 06.6.2010

Hmm, Why are you pushing those Japanese SUVs? Well, even the Toyota didn’t make it on the selection.

  (407) posted on 06.3.2010

I agree, also the nissan patrol should also include to the awards.

  (331) posted on 06.3.2010

Since that this 6 SUV’s performed well enough in the agency’s crash test evaluations to receive its top award with Top Safety Pick, they still have some challenges to face.

  (309) posted on 06.3.2010

Wait, how about the Nissan pathfinder Xterra and Armada aren’t they included on the awards?

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.2.2010

Based on the Accord’s outstanding safety ratings, I’m quite surprised that the Crosstour wasn’t one of the top picks. The Venza and Terrain/Equinox were obvious choices, but I thought the Honda would join them.

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