Small SUVs get high marks in safety tests

null New crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave top scores to four small SUVs.

The 2009 Ford Escape and Volkswagen Tiguan, as well as the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Rogue fared best in front-end, side and rear crashes.

Experts attribute their performance to side airbags and electronic stability control which prevents rollovers.

The lowest score for side impact went to the 2008 Jeep Wrangler.

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