The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named the new-for-2011 Dodge Durango mid-size SUV a Top Safety Pick.
The Durango, a three-row, seven-passenger SUV, earned its status as a result of good performance in all four of the IIHS’s safety evaluations (front, side, rollover and rear crash tests), and for having electronic stability control as standard equipment. Research shows that electronic stability control systems significantly reduce crash risks.
In frontal crash protection, the Durango is rated good based on the performance of its structural twin, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, also a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS says the good performance rating for the Durango in rear crash protection also carries over from the Jeep Grand Cherokee, essentially because these models have the same front seats.
The Durango underwent separate side and roof strength tests, in which it also earned good ratings.
The Institute notes that the Durango’s Top Safety Pick status applies to models built after May 2011 because Chrysler modified the SUV’s side airbags to improve protection in side impact crashes.