Consumer Reports pulls recommendation for 3 vehicles after crash test

CINCINNATI -- Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation from three midsize Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) after poor performances in a new crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted the test and determined the Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9 were no longer safe for endorsement.

The test simulates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle going 40 mph crashes into another vehicle, tree or other object.

When hit head-on, vehicles have crumple zones in the front of the vehicle that absorb much of the impact.

The director of auto testing for Consumer Reports says generally vehicles that don’t perform well in a crash test were designed before that test was put in place.

An SUV that earned high scores in the Insurance Institute’s test track and crash test? The Toyota Highlander.

Consumer Reports calls this three-row SUV "impressive" and gives good marks for injury protection.

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