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Honda Civic and Honda CR-V bumpers

Honda Civic and Honda CR-V bumpers

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The two Honda vehicles tested—the Honda CR-V and Honda Civic—tested better than most, thanks to a slight two-inch overlap in their bumpers. "The CR-V's front bumper overlapped the Civic's rear bumper by more than 2 inches," said Nolan. "That may not sound like much, but it's enough to allow the bumpers to do what they're supposed to do."

The Kia Forte and Hyundai Tucson were another couple of vehicles that matched up better than most of the others; damage added up to a combined total of $3,601 over both vehicles, and the IIHS says that the $1,510 estimate for the Forte was the lowest of the cars in the group.

But the results of the Toyota Corolla and Toyota RAV4 weren't as good—in part, due to the RAV4's high bumper mounting and rear-mounted spare tire. When the RAV4 was struck from behind by the Corolla, the Corolla ended up with extensive damage to the hood, grille, headlights, A/C, and radiator support, while the RAV4, when struck by the Corolla, had crushed taillights and rear body panels.

Holding out for off-roading?

The suggestion from the IIHS (which in 2008 petitioned the federal government to regulate SUV and truck bumpers the same as cars: Stop placing SUV bumpers for rare off-road ability, as it's not the bumper that's the limiting factor for ground clearance or approach and departure angles anyway.

What do you think? Is there a good reason for SUV bumpers to be at a different height?

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Comments (3)
  1. I got one of these from sparebumper.com for my SUV. It lines up better with passenger cars, prevents damage and reduces whiplash if I'm hit from the rear.
     
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  2. It's not the mismatch between bumpers that's the cause for concern in SUVs, it's the fact that SUVs are twice as likely to kill pedestrians as a car - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn4462-suvs-double-pedestrians-risk-of-death.html
    it's why I've argued that SUV drivers should pay double the fine of a car driver when caught speeding in an area where there are likely to be pedestrians.
     
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  3. This was inevitable that this clash between designs were to bump heads. The clash between safety(Accord design to limit pedestrian injury with frontend and hood design),lower front end for better MPG's, cheap materials in an effort to lower vehicle cost, SUV height, midsize car height, truck height etc etc.
    As they say, "an accident waiting to happen".
     
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