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The Equinox And Terrain Are The Safest

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and it's twin, the 2014 GMC Terrain have been declared the safest by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), earning the "Top Safety Pick" designation. They are the only midsize SUVs out of nine tested to be awarded a "good" rating in the small overlap crash test. These two popular vehicles are built in Oshawa, Ontario. The test, introduced a year and a half ago, continues to frustrate automakers.

We already know that the 2014 Malibu received a similar honour a few weeks ago. In order to earn the rating, all vehicles need to be equipped with a optional collision avoidance warning system. In 2014, an additional test was added to the battery of tests already performed by the IIHS. For vehicles hoping to receive the best possible rating, they must obtain a "good" score on each of the four initial tests, as well as at least an "acceptable" score on the fifth test. The Equinox and Terrain were each classified as "good" in all five of the crash tests.

The new test involves colliding with a rigid barrier that is five feet in height, with only 25 percent of the front portion of the vehicle, on the driver's side, at a speed of 40 km/h. This test is intended to replicate the impact of a SUV colliding with another vehicle, a tree, or a power pole.

"SUVs have gotten much safer over the past few generations, but some are better than others at providing comprehensive front crash protection," says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. "When it comes to midsize SUVs, General Motors is showing the way forward. The Equinox and Terrain score well in all components of the small overlap test — structure, restraints and kinematics, and injury measures for four body regions."

A frontal crash prevention and alert system, also optional, operates using a camera that detects the possibility of hitting the vehicle in front. It then sends visual and audible alerts. This equipment can be obtained by checking the option group that also includes the lane departure warning system and back up camera. That will probably put you in a slightly more expensive model since it is optional on the Equinox 2LT and is standard on the LTZ.

These two SUVs from General Motors also offer six standard airbags and an optional rear camera to see what is behind the vehicle.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

 

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