According to results released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain earned top marks in a test designed to simulate one of the deadliest types of front-end collisions. The two models earned a rating of "good". Toyota Motor Corp.'s Highlander was deemed "acceptable", and the other six vehicles tested were rated marginal or poor.
The Equinox and Terrain were modified for the 2014 model year to improve their front structure and door-hinge pillars. Driver survival space stayed intact after impact, the insurance institute said. The worst performer among the tested SUV's was Honda Motor Co.'s Pilot, the institute said. Its parking-brake pedal moved forward 16 1/2 inches and the steering column moved 5 1/2 inches. Besides the Pilot, the four other SUV's to receive a "poor" rating were Mazda Motor Corp.'s CX-9, Ford Motor Co's Explorer, the Sorento made by Kia Motors Corp. and the Toyota 4Runner. Chrysler Goup LLC's Jeep Grand Cherokee was rated "marginal". Click here to read the full article.
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