Many automakers are making drivers safer than passengers.

Automakers needed some time before their vehicles that could pass the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s difficult small overlap front crash test, but a Good score has become common after a few years. In a recent evaluation, IIHS subjected the passenger side of seven top-performing crossovers to the same evaluation, and the agency found shocking results. Only one model had identical ratings on both sides. Now, IIHS has started considering whether to put more vehicles through this check starting as soon as 2017.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson was the only model with IIHS’ top Good rating for both the driver and passenger side. The 2015 Buick Encore, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5 scored Acceptable scores. The 2014 Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester earned Marginal. Finally, 2015 Toyota RAV4 had Poor – the agency’s worst grade.

The small-overlap front crash test hurls 25 percent of a vehicle into a barrier at 40 miles per hour. By concentrating so much force into such a small area, the evaluation is a serious check of a model’s safety in an impact. Usually IIHS only does this on the driver side, but it decided to examine the passenger side for this experiment.

The IIHS didn't previously test vehicles’ passenger safety because every model definitely had a driver but not necessarily another occupant. Now the agency might change its mind. After wider evaluations next year, the agency could add a passenger score to its Top Safety Pick criteria in 2018. For many automakers, the change would mean major investments to upgrade their models’ structure, but buyers would be even more secure in a crash.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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