Four SUVs Get Poor Safety Ratings
Labeled "acceptable" were the 2010 Nissan Xterra, Toyota FJ Cruiser and Toyota 4Runner. The Nissan Pathfinder was rated as "marginal."
None received a "good" rating, which means a roof can withstand a force equal to at least 4 times the vehicle's weight.
For an "acceptable" rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. A "marginal" rating value is 2.5. Anything lower is "poor."
Meanwhile, the 2011 Kia Sportage was recently named a Top Safety Pick by the institute, as was its twin the Hyundai Tucson.
Other Kia vehicles to be named top picks are: the 2010 Forte, 2010 Soul, and 2011 Sorento. In order to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation a vehicle must earn a "good" rating in the front, side, rear and rollover crash-safety tests.
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