Safety in a midsize SUV has been at the forefront of many manufacturers plans and earning top safety ratings for this type of vehicle has been challenging over the years. Recently, the IIHS released information regarding midsize SUVs and front crash tests. These extensive tests have brought great news for GMC:
“SUVs have gotten much safer over the past few generations, but some are better than others at providing comprehensive front crash protection,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. “When it comes to midsize SUVs, General Motors is showing the way forward. The Equinox and Terrain score well in all components of the small overlap test — structure, restraints and kinematics, and injury measures for four body regions.”
Other brands were not so lucky. Experts pointed out serious downsides of other SUVs, such as the Honda Pilot, the Mazda CX-9 the Kia Sorento and the Ford Explorer. 9 brands were evaluated overall and the fact that these two are the only ones to earn a good rating in this small overlap front crash test is a huge testament to their performance in safety. Safety continues to be a huge factor for buyers today. This new testing qualifies the Equinox and the Terrain for the highest award given by the IIHS, the Top Safety Pick+ award.
Why does this small overlap test matter? According to the IIHS, it “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 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph.”
To see more on how these vehicles passed this test, check out this video:
Come check out the all new GMC Trucks and SUVs at Dominion Motors in Thunder Bay! You will be impressed with the safety as well as all the added features that GMC has to offer.