DETROIT – Mid-year modifications to ’02 Ford Explorer and its Mercury mate – Mountaineer – boost their crash test performance, earning each a “best pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Less impressive are results recorded by ’02 Jeep Liberty and ’02 Isuzu Rodeo. Their outcomes are deemed “marginal” in this latest round of analysis, which brings to 11 the number of all-new or significantly modified midsize SUVs evaluated by the IIHS for frontal offset ...

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