Sunday, June 4, 2023
News New IIHS Side Impact Test: More Than Half of midsize SUVs Earn...

New IIHS Side Impact Test: More Than Half of midsize SUVs Earn Good Ratings

Being in a larger midsize SUV does not always mean you’ll be safer according to the IIHS

  • The Mazda CX-9 and Volkswagen ID. 4 get overall Good ratings.

  • The Nissan Murano, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and others score a Marginal rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released side impact test results for 18 popular midsize SUVs. These new ratings are based on the latest and tougher side-impact tests.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The revised side test now uses a heavier barrier, from 3,300 lbs to 4,200 lbs, and also travels at 37 mph, up from 31 mph. The result is that 82% more energy is transmitted to the test subject.

In this round of testing, 10 out of the 18 garnered good ratings while two earned acceptable ratings. The final six were given a Marginal rating.

“It’s encouraging to see so many midsize SUVs from different automakers earn good ratings in this more challenging evaluation,” says IIHS Senior Research Engineer Becky Mueller, whose research formed the foundation for the new test protocol. “These results will help confirm the adjustments they need to make to other vehicles going forward.”

2021 Mazda CX-9 | Photo: Mazda

The big winners are the Mazda CX-9 and Volkswagen ID.4, the only EV in this group, as they both scored Good in every metric. The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade earned a Marginal rating based on a Poor rating for pelvic injuries for the driver. The Nissan Murano’s Marginal result is largely based on the Poor rating for its structure and safety cage.

Trending Now

Toyota is planning a new 3-row EV starting from 2025

A new investment for the battery production plant. A new family oriented EV coming starting from 2025 Toyota may be late to the electric...

Hyundai Could be Working on a System to Help Drivers out on the Track

The automaker patented an idea for a system that would give instructions to drivers on a racetrack. This technology will not control the...

Musk Delays Roadster Once Again, Admits “Testing Patience” of Buyers

Originally set for 2020, Tesla Roadster delayed to end of 2024 Still taking $50k deposits for "rocket-powered" car To the surprise of approximately nobody,...

Toyota Hopes to Snag Historic Sixth Consecutive Win at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Toyota is hungry to add another win to its trophy case Only two automakers have won six times in a row   Toyota is trying...

All-New Porsche Panamera Expected Later This Year

Report says new Panamera arrives in Q3 Sports sedan was last all-new in 2016 There's a new Porsche Panamera coming sometime before the end...
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.