Study: Bigger, Heavier Vehicles Safer
Industry Crash Tests Don’t Reflect “Real World” Scenarios
It isn’t the first time we’ve heard the results of a study like this announced. For most, it would seem to be a logical premise that larger, heavier cars would fare better in collisions than smaller, lighter ones. A University of Buffalo study presented at a conference in San Diego examined the correlation between weight, cost, and safety. The vehicles studied that performed well included the Ram 2500 Mega Cab, GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, Range Rover, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Crew Cab, Land Rover LR4, Ford F-250, Volvo XC60, Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Tacoma, and Cadillac Escalade ESV.
The losers in the study include the Toyota Corolla, Suzuki SX4, Mitsubishi Gallant, Kia Forte, Nissan Versa and Altima, Mitsubishi Lancer, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Chevrolet Impala, and Ford Fiesta, among others. Many of the vehicles that performed poorly in the study’s findings have high government or industry crash-test scores, but the study’s authors said that the controlled conditions of those tests don’t always accurately reflect real-world crash scenarios, in which a collision between a smaller, lighter car and larger, heavier car almost always result in the occupants of the larger vehicle faring better.
According to the study results, for every additional $10,000 in the price of the vehicle, injuries decrease by 12 percent, and for every 1,000 pounds more weight, vehicles were found to be 19 percent safer. The only factor the study didn’t include was miles driven per vehicle, and one of the reasons sports cars were excluded is because they’re typically driven less often than trucks, SUVs and passenger cars.
Source: The Buffalo News