The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently put its first class of crossovers through its new small-overlap crash test, and just two of the 13 entries scored well enough to earn the Institute’s enhanced Top Safety Pick+ designation: The all-new 2014 Subaru Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
The 2014 Subaru Forester was a particularly strong performer in the small-overlap test, and in fact became the first vehicle of any kind to achieve top grades in all the individual components of the test, including all four injury measures on the crash-test dummy. Also, according to the IIHS: “The airbags worked as intended, and the space around the dummy was well-maintained.”
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander received an “acceptable” grade in the new test, while the following crossovers all qualified for traditional Top Safety Pick status in the May round of evaluations:
- 2013 BMW X1
- 2013 Buick Encore
- 2013 Ford Escape
- 2013 Honda CR-V
- 2013 Hyundai Tucson
- 2013 Jeep Patriot (when fitted with its available side-torso airbags)
- 2013 Kia Sportage
- 2013 Mazda CX-5
- 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
- 2014 Jeep Patriot
Then there’s this: Toyota asked the IIHS to delay putting the 2013 Toyota RAV-4 through the small-overlap procedure until later this year, to allow time for the automaker to “make changes to the RAV4 to improve performance in the test.” The RAV-4 was tested in the other evaluations and earns a Top Safety Pick designation at this time.