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Midsize SUVs don't fare so well in latest IIHS crash tests

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In the latest round of small overlap front crash testing, only two midsize SUVs earned a “Good” overall rating, while five others received either an “Acceptable”, “Marginal,” or “Poor” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced.

The Nissan Murano was the only one to be awarded with a TOP SAFETY PICK+, while the Ford Flex secured a TOP SAFETY PICK. The Jeep Wrangler got a “Good” score in the small overlap front crash test, but could not grab the coveted distinction after achieving “Marginal” results in side and rear crashes.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Cherokee, and Dodge Durango all delivered “Marginal” performance in the small overlap front crash test, while the Dodge Journey was slapped with a “Poor” rating.

The IIHS' small overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. In the test, 25% of a vehicle's front end on the driver's side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph (65 km/h).