The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released new crash test results for 13 small sport utility vehicle models.
According to the institute, it was the first time that small SUVs — some of the most popular cars on the road these days — were tested for “small overlap protection in a test that represents a crash in which only the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle, or a tree or pole.”
The institute said these kind of crashes — one of the most common and deadly on the road — accounted for nearly 24 percent of serious injuries and deaths in frontal crashes.
Only two models got high marks from the institute: the redesigned Subaru Forester, which aced the small overlap test, and the Mitsubishi Outlander, which earned an “acceptable” rating.
Here is the complete list, from best to worst.
2014 Subaru Forester
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Jeep Wrangler (2 door)