SUVs, mostly midsize and smaller, accounted for almost a fourth of all vehicles registered on Long Island in a 2011 survey done for Newsday by the Michigan auto statistics company R.L. Polk & Co. It found 622,711 SUVs registered in Nassau and Suffolk counties -- or 24.2 percent of the total of 2,569,978 cars, trucks and small motor homes.
In the safety study, the new Ford Escape, the top-selling small SUV so far this year, got a "poor" overall rating, while Honda's CR-V, the No. 2 seller, got a "marginal" rating.
Toyota's RAV-4, another big seller, hasn't done the testing yet because Toyota asked for a delay to improve the vehicle's structure, the insurance institute said.
Other SUVs getting "poor" ratings were the Jeep Patriot, Buick Encore, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tuscson, the institute said. The BMW X1, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan and Jeep Wrangler two-door all got "marginal" ratings. With Tom Incantalupo