General Motors can add the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain to its list of vehicles which have earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Terrain and Equinox are the only two midsize SUVs of the nine evaluated which earned the highest possible ‘Good’ rating in the Institute’s small front overlap crash test.
The small overlap test requires 25 percent of a vehicles front end on the driver side hit a 5 foot high rigid barrier at 40mph. It is designed to replicate what happens when the corner of a vehicle clips another vehicle or object like a utility pole.
Equinox and Terrain had already earned the Top Safety Pick distinction, however the criteria for Top Safety Pick+ requires a vehicle to offer a frontal crash alert system meeting IIHS requirements. The available forward collision alert on the Equinox and Terrain uses a camera to detect when a driver is at risk of hitting an object ahead, and will deliver visual and audible alerts to inform the driver of the hazard.
“Having the only two midsize SUVs that earned the Top Safety Pick Plus designation speaks to GM’s focus on improving our vehicles by offering advanced crash avoidance technologies that can help avoid a crash, and by enhancing vehicle structure and occupant protection if a crash occurs,” Gay Kent, director of GM Global Safety Strategy and Vehicle Programs, said in a statement.
The Equinox and Terrain join two other GM vehicles with the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ rating, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and the Chevrolet Spark.