Keith Morganstein wrote:Crash statistics show the modern late model SUV to have lowest fatality rate of passenger vehicles.
And there are a few factors in that ...
1. Universal application of ESP (stability control). These systems are calibrated to whatever the stock suspension calibration is, and no matter how badly the suspension works, ESP will do whatever it can to keep the rubber side down and the front out front. Result ... fewer fishtails, fewer spins off the road, and thus, fewer roll-overs. This makes a biiiig difference. It doesn't mean the underlying suspension is any better, the ESP just makes it work.
2. Most of them have been transitioning to unibody construction with a designed-for-the-purpose layout as opposed to being based on pickup truck frames. And this is coming hand in hand with much better design for crash protection.
3. Demographics. These are for the most part family vehicles driven by people who, demographically, have the lowest crash risk. Fortysomethings give or take. Same situation as minivans.