Back-Seat Safety In Most Small SUVs Is Lacking, New Crash Tests Show, But Volvo XC40 Leads The Pack

Only two out of 15 small SUVs recently evaluated in a new crash test protected the rear passengers well enough to earn a good rating, the Volvo XC40 and the Ford Escape. Nine small SUVs, including the popular Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, were among the poor performers.

The ratings from the updated moderate overlap front crash test were released on Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry.

“Thanks to automakers’ improvements, drivers in most vehicles are nearly 50 percent less likely to be killed in a frontal crash today than they were 25 years ago,” David Harkey,

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