These Midsize SUVs Are Bad for Your Health

And some good ones too.

For many buyers, the decision to shop for an SUV, especiallythose popular midsize models, is often justified by concern for their family’ssafety. They’re big, tall and heavy, so they must be safer, right? Well,according to recent crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute forHighway Safety (IIHS), some of those models actually rate quite poorly. Of ninetested vehicles, the Honda Pilot received the lowest scores, with ‘poor’ratings in three categories.

The Pilot isn't alone: Mazda’s CX9 did just as badly, whilethe Kia Sorento, Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Grand Cherokee scoredaverage ratings at best. Topping the list with ‘Good’ ratings across the boardwere the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, with the Toyota Highlander a close second.

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