Top 8 SUVs That Have More Serious Safety Issues Than Most People Think
If you thought all SUVs are very safe, take a look at this list
Published July 8, 2017
Safety is a very important aspect of car manufacturing in the modern era. Car manufacturers are always working hard to improve safety in their vans, SUVs, sedans and all types of cars that come to the market. The progress that SUVs have made though as far as safety goes has been quite commendable, to be honest. Newer models are safer but even then, there are still a few models that are not there yet. SUVs have a huge size advantage and as such, most people buy them as the ultimate family car. This is what really makes the idea of safety such an important thing.
After all, you don’t want to expose your family to the possibilities of accidents just because the safety features of the SUV you are about to buy are not good enough. From issues with poor headlights, the risk of toppling over and other issues, SUVs may not be as safe as they are supposed to. But of course, this could also be said for many other car types. In order to give you a clear picture of which SUVs are safe and which ones are not, we’ve created a simple list of the most dangerous SUVs in the market.
8. Jeep Renegade
The rollover risk of stands at 23% which is the third highest compared to other models in this category. The headlight rating has not been good either so when you combine poor visibility and a higher risk of rolling over, you can see why this could be an issue. Sadly, these safety issues are still present in most Jeep models.
7. Nissan Rogue
Although the Nissan Rogue has its own share of safety flaws, it has always been picked among the safest SUVs in many consumer lists. One of the concerns raised though is related to the headlights. There is a feeling that they are not as effective as they should be in offering clear and reliable visibility at night. The child seat anchors were also not good enough, rating a mere marginal for the ease of use. For the 2016 Nissan Rogue model, basic front crash prevention technology is available.
6. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The premium model of the Mitsubishi Outlander that was going for $23, 495 was a big success regarding safety issues. However, its smaller cheaper version that cost $19,795 is not really good enough. Its headlights have received very poor ratings for visibility while its small overlap front crash ratings were just okay. What makes the Outlander Sport even more problematic is the fact that the front crash prevention technology is not available for the Sport model. This is a huge disparity as far as safety goes.
5. Audi Q3
Audi Q3 inclusion into this list may come as a surprise to many. After all, IIHS ranked the 2016 model among the safest vehicles but there were a few issues with the Premium + model. The major concern was related to headlights. Analysts felt that they offered very poor visibility. Also, the car did not feature the front crash prevention technology and while there are a lot of features in the Q3 that make it a special car, there is still some catching up needed in the safety department.
4. Jeep Wrangler
The reputation of Jeep cars as tough off the road gritty cars is known but even with all that strength, the safety of the Wrangler has always been a concern. The car was rated with a 27.9% chance of rolling over and it’s actually the worst rating in the SUV category. The size crash tests and the visibility are also some of the other issues that have been pointed out as problematic. The concern for the consumer gets even worse though. The Wrangler scored poorly in the overlap crash tests too.
3. Honda HR-V
Honda has had its share of quality and safe cars. In fact, the Honda CR-V model was a huge success in safety ratings. With this kind of reputation, it’s okay to assume that perhaps all SUV models coming from the car maker are ideal as far as safety is concerned. The sad thing though is that the has its issues. Its headlights were rated as the worst in terms of safety for the small SUV category. The SUV ranked badly too in small front overall crash tests while the child safety anchors were given a marginal rating. This was certainly not what Honda had in mind when building this car and considering the safety success of the CR-V, consumers expected a lot more.
2. Toyota 4Runner
The false sense of security that comes with large SUVs couldn’t be clearer in the Toyota 4Runner. The risk of rolling over was rated among the highest at 24.6%. The car has also never gone beyond the 3 stars out of 5 in rollover crash tests. The front crash tests also got a marginal score with child seat anchors also not getting favorable ratings. The front crash prevention technology is not available in the 4Runner and this is one of the major issues that have made it a dangerous SUV compared to other models in this category.
The Chevrolet Tahoe
The size of the Chevrolet Tahoe is a big part of why it’s popular and it’s natural for you to feel secure once you are inside this impeccable SUV. But to be honest, the size can also have its own pitfalls, especially when dealing with hazards on the road. The risk of tipping over is very high. In fact, the Tahoe has been ranked among the top 10 trucks in terms or tipping over risk at 22.9%. There were also a few recalls for air bag issues and steering dangers.
SUV safety is important and while the 8 models listed above have their own strengths, the safety issues listed should be a concern to anyone. After all, the SUV is meant to be a safe and secure vehicle for the entire family.