The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee earned a top safety pick from the IIHS following their "midsize SUV" tests. Among others, they wrecked a Crosstour, Venza and Edge. Exciting vehicles? Other than the new Grand Cherokee, no. Exciting crashes? Hell yes!
Out of twelve midsize SUVs tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, five received Top Safety Picks and all performed at least marginally or better in a series of rollover tests. Top picks include the Toyota Highlander, Toyota Venza, 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, and Chevrolet Equinox.
The Jeep Liberty performed best in the roof crush test, able to withstand 4.96 times its own weight before the roof crushes more than five inches. In the same test the Honda Accord Crosstour only withstood 2.82 times its own weight, nearly landing it in the "poor" range. The Ford Edge was "acceptable" while the Mazda CX-7, Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot, and Mitsubishi Endeavor all earned "marginal" ratings.
The majority of these vehicles are as much crossovers as they are SUVs, and therefore probably less likely to be in a rollover than your mom's old Explorer, but the IIHS points out a strength rating of 4 reflects an estimated 50% reduction in serious or fatal injury in a rollover compared to the federal standard, which is 1.5 times the vehicles weight.
Hey, IIHS, whatever excuse you need use in order to destroy a couple of Venzas and Crosstours, we'll take it.