Except for Hyundai Santa Fe and Subaru Forester, small sport/utility vehicles (SUVs) appear less crashworthy than midsize cars, say test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS says comparisons can be made between vehicles of similar weights. Of 10 small SUV platforms subjected to 40 mph frontal offset impacts, five have ratings of acceptable or better. Of 18 midsize car platforms subjected to the same tests, 15 have ratings of acceptable or ...

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