General Motors’ aging Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs won top ratings in the most-recent crash tests of SUVs by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Honda Pilot was in the bottom slot.
Both the GM models were awarded the trade group’s highest rank, Top Safety Pick +. The “+” means a vehicle not only scored well on other IIHS crash tests, but also held up well in the relatively new – and remarkably punishing – “small overlap” test.
Toyota’s redesigned Highlander scored lower overall than the GM models, but high enough to also earn a Top Safety Pick + rating, IIHS had announced in December.
Pilot has “good” ratings — highest that IIHS gives — in other crash-test categories, but got the lowest-possible “poor” in the “small overlap” test.
“When it comes to midsize SUVs, General Motors is showing the way forward,” IIHS said in its summary of the most recent tests.