Good news for small SUVs with crash avoidance and detection systems. Most SUVs in the first group recently tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Institute earned high ratings.
Researchers tested 2018-2019 models and 9 out of 11 earned either superior or advanced rating.
Under the new program, vehicles rate as basic, advanced or superior, based on their ability to avoid or mitigate a crash with pedestrian dummies in three different test track scenarios run at different speeds.
SUVs earning a Superior Rating:
- 2018–19 Honda CR-V
- 2019 Subaru Forester
- 2019 Toyota RAV4
- 2019 Volvo XC40
SUVs earning an Advanced Rating:
- 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2018–19 Hyundai Kona
- 2019 Kia Sportage
- 2018–19 Mazda CX-5
- 2019 Nissan Rogue
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is rated basic and the 2018–19 BMW X1 doesn't receive any credit for a rating.
Pedestrian detection is standard on the Forester, RAV4, Rogue, X1 and XC40.
You can check out more on the latest findings in the IIHS video below:
The IIHS reports that in 2017, 5,977 pedestrians died in crashes in the U.S., down 2 percent from 2016, which marked the most deaths since 1990.
IIHS Testing Timetable
The pedestrian autobrake test is the fourth crash avoidance evaluation in the Institute's testing process. IIHS began rating front crash prevention systems in 2013, headlights in 2016, and rear crash prevention systems in 2018.