If you are ever involved in a car wreck or semi-truck accident you probably think you want to be in the biggest, heaviest automobile or suv; however, you may be surprised to know that one of the vehicles everyone thinks is safe, isn't. As a lawyer that represents people who were hurt or killed in car or truck wrecks, there aren't many things on which I can agree with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but even I pay attention when they do their annual surveys on the safest vehicles.
According to the report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the safest mid-size SUV was the 2009 Nissan Murano. What might surprise most is that the Hummer H3 had one of the poorest showings. The General Motors' H3 was the only vehicle in the group that did not receive the top rating for frontal crash protection and, even more disturbing, it received the lowest rating, "poor", in the rear crash test. Of important note, the H3 and the Chrysler Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro are all three built on the same platform.
So, just because its big doesn't mean its safe. Do your research by reading the full 5-page report here and drive safely.
Here are the Institutes "safest" vehicles:
Top Safety Pick 2008 award winners
Ford Taurus with optional electronic stability control
Mercury Sable with optional electronic stability control
Honda Accord 4-door models
Subaru Legacy with optional electronic stability control
Subaru Impreza with optional electronic stability control
Ford Taurus X
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Veracruz built after August 2007
Mercedes M class
Saturn VUE built after December 2007
Subaru Forester with optional electronic stability control