Drivers everywhere rely on IIHS to provide unbiased reporting on popular vehicle safety. In the latest round of testing, IIHS saw how well the midsize SUV segment of the auto market can withstand side effects.
Safety is especially important for SUVs, which are typically used to transport entire families. Several SUVs have passed IIHS tests with flying colors, but it’s clear that these six mid-size SUVs need to do their homework.
2022 Honda passport
According to IIHS, the passport provides adequate protection for the driver’s head and trunk area. However, drivers have minimal pelvic area protection, and the SUV’s safety cage does not meet IIHS standards. Honda Passport rear passengers enjoy excellent protection in every area except the trunk.
The Honda Passport is a relatively new SUV, so it still has plenty of time to redeem itself. It is already receiving good reviews for its roomy interior and spirited performance. It contains eight advanced security features, all built into the base EX-L.
2022 Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot’s IIHS side-impact test results were similar to those of the Honda Passport. While the Pilot is an overall well-liked SUV, it has had a spotty history in terms of reliability. One typical year would be almost perfect, only to have the next year riddled with problems.
The 2022 model year is decently reliable, plus it comes with plenty of standard safety equipment. Kelly Blue Book says this SUV also offers stable handling without much body. The rugged TrailSport also made its debut in this model year, although we wouldn’t risk taking it on any very rough trails.
2022 Hyundai Palisade
For driver-side impacts, the Hyundai Palisade got the worst possible sump protection score. The vehicle’s safety structure has received an acceptable score. Rear seat passengers are in better shape during an accident, but there isn’t enough trunk protection to satisfy IIHS.
In its third year, the 2022 Palisade has received more advanced security features. Collision-prevention and lane-keeping functions are a given, but the Palisade also monitors driver attention and hazards outside the vehicle. If another vehicle approaches from the passenger side, the doors will automatically lock to keep passengers inside until they have passed.
2021-2022 Jeep Wrangler (4-Door)
The Jeep Wrangler has already received a lot of high marks but has failed miserably in terms of head protection for rear passengers. This alone caused IIHS to give these two pockets a lower final score.
The rear seats are upright and solid, so they provide just enough comfort during short trips. That, combined with a Wrangler’s shaky ride quality on civilized pavement, can make sitting in the back seat incredibly nerve-wracking. You also won’t find any advanced driver aids on the base model.
2022 Kia Telluride
Despite the Kia Telluride’s overwhelmingly positive reputation, it doesn’t have the best safety cage and can’t provide adequate trough protection for drivers, according to IIHS. You can most likely avoid injury when sitting in the back row, although it does need some extra coverage for your torso.
However, it should be noted that the Kia Telluride has a long range of safety features and a proven track record of reliability. Most adults also won’t have to worry about bumping their heads or narrowing their legs while sitting in the third row.
2022 Nissan Murano
The back row of the Nissan Murano is the safest place, but the cabin is another story. While your head and neck will likely be protected in the event of an accident, your pelvis and torso may be exposed a lot, according to the IIHS. The Nissan Murano still has many safety features, but those features can only do so much after making an impact.
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