Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly in the evaluations.
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.
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