What’s the safest midsize SUV available on our market?

Safety should always be a priority
by Drei Laurel | Dec 8, 2018

It’s safe to say that many of those who opt for midsize SUVs are family-oriented buyers. It makes sense, right? After years squeezing your family into a humble compact sedan, isn’t it finally time to move up to a more capable seven-seater—especially now that you have the budget for one?

Safety should always be one of the top priorities of families looking to upgrade to a midsize SUV like the Toyota Fortuner or the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Thankfully, as ASEAN NCAP crash tests have shown over the years, there are plenty of worthwhile options in the segment.

With that in mind, below are the ASEAN NCAP crash test results of the Fortuner, the Montero Sport, the Ford Everest, the Isuzu MU-X, and the Nissan Terra. Note that the agency changed its tallying process in 2017, and only the Terra has so far been tested under the new system.

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Toyota Fortuner (carried over from Hilux)

Adult occupant protection (AOP): 14.53 points (with electronic stability control)
Child occupant protection (COP): 71% compliance
Overall: Five-star AOP, four-star COP

Mitsubishi Montero Sport

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AOP: 15.29 points (with electronic stability control)
COP: 76% compliance
Overall: Five-star AOP, four-star COP

Ford Everest

AOP: 15.38 points
COP: 81% compliance
Overall: Five-star AOP, four-star COP

Isuzu MU-X (carried over from D-Max)

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AOP: 11.87 points
COP: 71% compliance
Overall: Four-star AOP, four-star COP

Nissan Terra (under new scoring system)

AOP: 32.18 points
COP: 40.74 points
Safety Assist: 12.73 points
Overall: 83.17 points, five-star overall rating

As you can see, all five midsize SUVs did relatively well in the ASEAN NCAP crash tests. Are you the owner of any of the above-mentioned models?

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