UTILITY VEHICLES BETRAY THEIR FLIMSY DESIGNS IN 5 MPH BUMPS

A main attraction of utility vehicles is their supposed ruggedness. Yet based on the Isuzu Rodeo's performance in crash tests at a very slow speed, this vehicle and its identical twin, the Honda Passport, are anything but rugged. They're more likely to end up in repair shops because of damage sustained in parking-lot bumps than to perform their advertised purpose of transporting people on off-road adventures. This article presents the results of crash tests at 5 mph (8 kph) on six 1996 midsize four-door four-wheel-drive utility vehicles. In conclusion, it is pointed out that owners of these vehicles can expect to pay higher insurance premiums, as well as the time and aggravation involved in getting their vehicles repaired after low-speed bumps.

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  • Accession Number: 00721561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 076
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 29 1996 12:00AM