The Truth About Cars » small suv http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:48:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » small suv http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Small SUV Crashopalooza: Detroit Loses, Dykes Win http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/small-suv-crashopalooza-detroit-loses-dykes-win/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/small-suv-crashopalooza-detroit-loses-dykes-win/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 12:40:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488655

SUVs are usually regarded as safer than small cars. However, “most of the small SUVs tested for safety in crashes did not fare well in more stringent tests” performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Reuters says.

“US small SUVs scored badly,” writes the wire. Top honors took a trucklet that, according to the Urban Dictionary, is “driven by post-menopausal lesbians:” The Subaru Forester.

IIHS Small SUV Crash Ratings
Make, model Moderate overlap front Side impact Rollover Rear Small overlap front
2014 Subaru Forester G G G G G
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport G G G G A
2013 BMW X1 G G G G M
2013 Honda CR-V G G G G M
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan G G G G M
2013 Buick Encore G G G G P
2013 Ford Escape G G G G P
2013 Hyundai Tucson G G G G P
2013-14 Jeep Patriot G G G G P
2013 Kia Sportage G G G G P
2013-14 Mazda CX-5 G G G G M
2013 Toyota RAV4 G G G G NA
2013 Nissan Rogue G G A G M
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander G G A A NA
2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara G A A M NA
2013 Jeep Wrangler 2 door G P NA M M

The Forester is the only small SUV that received a “good” rating in the newly added Small Front Overlap Test. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport received an “acceptable” rating on the overlap test, and made second. The Forester and the Outlander were the only small SUVs to be awarded the IHS “Top Safety Pick+.”

The best-rated Detroit trucklet is the Buick Encore on place 6 with a poor Small Overlap rating. The Jeep Wrangler brings up the rear with a truly mediocre showing. Boo, hiss, Detroit – pussy-whipped by a Japanese transgender crossover that is also known as a “vag-wag?”

PS: Before you start to tar and feather me for Detroit bashing LGBT discrimination, please be notified that according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, the term “dyke” originated “as a derogatory label for a masculine woman, and this usage still exists.” Shame on them. “However, some persons attempt to use it in a manner that they see as positive, or as a neutral synonym for lesbian,” and those persons include the Schmitts.

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Small Luxury Crossover Growth Far Outpacing Small Luxury Sedans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/small-luxury-crossover-growth-far-outpacing-small-luxury-sedans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/small-luxury-crossover-growth-far-outpacing-small-luxury-sedans/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:06:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485072

The upcoming Shanghai auto show is expected to be similar to the Geneva Auto Salon in that crossovers, particularly those from premium brands, will be some of the most anticipated reveals at the show. Buyers in global markets can get enough of them, and that situation is no different at home, where the small premium SUV segment is growing much faster than the equivalent sedan segment.

The latest sales data from independent analyst Tim Cain shows just how quickly the entry-level luxury crossover segment is growing. In March 2013, sales of that segment were up by 46.5 percent year-to-date, while the small luxury sedan segment was up by just 0.5%. Overall volume was greater for sedans, with 38,859 units sold versus 32,209.

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Curbside Classic Outtake: The Car I Forgot Existed Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/curbside-classic-outtake-the-car-i-forgot-existed-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/curbside-classic-outtake-the-car-i-forgot-existed-edition/#comments Sat, 23 Jan 2010 21:06:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342805

Do you remember this car? I didn’t. I don’t mean the vehicle in general, but this variation of it. This doesn’t happen often, but it’s humbling to know there are gaps, and I’m thankful to come across the opportunity to refresh the memory banks.

As I said, I knew it was  Kia Sportage, but totally forgot this variation existed. The half-soft top small SUV was popular for a while there, with Suzuki leading the charge, and Isuzu’s Amigo, Daihatsu’s Rocky, and…oh oh; am I forgetting another?

More new Curbside Classics here

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