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New crash tests rate SUV safety

UNDATED (WKRC) -- The new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests looks at the safety of midsize SUVs.
 
Of nine models tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain received the highest rating. The Toyota Highlander was rated acceptable.

All three of those SUVs performed well in front, side, rear and roll over crashes and they come equipped with technology to help prevent or minimize frontal collisions.

The institute declared the Honda Pilot the worst performer. The Mazda CX-9 and the Kia Sorrento also rated poorly.

The Ford Explorer, Toyota 4-Runner and Jeep Cherokee got marginal ratings.

Researchers say the results show manufacturers what improvements they need to make.

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