The following vehicles have been determined to be the most dangerous vehicles on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
1) Dodge Ram 1500; score 2/5; bad ratings: side collisions and rollover
2) Colorado Crew Cab; score 3/5; bad ratings: side collisions, rollover & rear end
3) Mazda CX-7; score 4/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions
4) Mazda CX-9; score 4/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions
5) Nissan Pathfinder; score 3/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions
6) Jeep Wrangler; score 3/5; bad ratings: side collisions and rear end collisions
7) Suzuki SX4; score 2/5; bad ratings: rollover and rear end collisions
These vehicles were deemed the most dangerous based on 4 rating categories of the IIHS tests. The categories were: (1) a front crash test where a vehicle travels at 40 mph and hits a barrier head on; (2) a side-impact crash test where an SUV type vehicle strikes the driver side of the testing vehicle at a speed of 30 mph; (3) rollover crash testing where the vehicle is hit by metal plates on the corners to determine force capacity before the vehicle rolls over; and (4) a rear-end crash test where seats and seat belts are tested for protection against whiplash and other head and neck injuries.
Consumer Reports and crash safety ratings performed by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the JD Power's Initial Quality reports were also used to analyze the vehicles performance.