Cars, trucks, and SUVs get safer every year. The standards for IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA ratings keep getting higher, too, so consumers can usually feel good about buying recommended vehicles. In particular, the gains made by SUVs with electronic stability control make these models much safer than in previous decades.
Nonetheless, there are many utility vehicles that don’t fit the bill when you want your family protected from an accident. Even though they have a size advantage over most cars on the road, SUVs may have a high risk of tipping over compared to the rest of the field. Likewise, a small model may feature poor headlights, endangering passengers when on the road at night.
In some cases, these vehicles have recognition as safe models despite these weaknesses. Here are eight SUVs that are more dangerous than consumers might believe.