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2 of 13 small SUVs do well in crash tests

A 2014 Subaru Forester goes through a crash

A 2014 Subaru Forester goes through a crash test conducted to test safety in small sport utility vehicles. The Forester was highly rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Credit: AP

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.

Subaru's 2014 Forester was the only vehicle to get the top "good" rating in the results released Thursday. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was rated as "acceptable."

But fast-selling models such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Jeep Wrangler received only "marginal" or "poor" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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

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