Group: Minor SUV crashes can lead to costly repairs

December 2, 2010

It conducted low-speed crash tests involving SUVs that were struck by smaller sedans made by the same automaker.

In the tests, a Ford Focus hit the back of a Ford Escape, causing more than $2,000 in repairs to the Escape and $5,200 to the Focus.

A Toyota Corolla sedan striking the back of a Toyota Rav 4 SUV caused more than $6,000 in repairs to the SUV and nearly $4,000 to the Corolla.

The institute also noted repair costs in crash tests for other models including the Nissan Rogue and Sentra and the Honda CRV and Civic.

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