Americans love trucks and SUV’s. Despite rising fuel prices, we still love our roomy, chunky wagons with room for our kids, groceries, etc. Read any recent vehicle sales report or manufacturer earnings release and it becomes obvious that the market heavily favors buying and leasing SUV’s and trucks over sedans, generally speaking.
Of interest and special note are the recently released crash test safety result for various makes & models of SUV’s. Most of us feel that not only do we gain additional cargo space and passenger capacity, but we assume that since the vehicle is larger and heavier, that it is also somehow safer. While this may be true in some cases, it does not generally apply to all makes / brands.
Many vehicle brands boast 5 star NHTSA crash safety test results – including BMW, Volvo, Toyota / Lexus, GM (several brands) and Ford. However, recent 2018 data suggests that some of the previously high-rated models show weakness during a certain type of passenger-side frontal collision test – one where the vehicle collides with a stationary object on the front passenger side. Surprisingly, the Ford Explorer suffers from a design weakness in this type of collision. Read more details here : https://www.carcomplaints.com/news/2018/suv-crash-test-ratings-2018-models.shtml
Sure, most of us don’t shop for that new SUV with crash safety at the top of the list, although many of us believe that they’re among the safest vehicles on the road. While that may generally be true, some will fare better than others, and it always pays to check the data beforehand to know exactly what’s been found in crash safety testing.
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