Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata fail IIHS pedestrian braking tests
The Nissan Maxima avoided hitting the pedestrian in all six scenarios.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported more mixed results in its latest round of pedestrian crash-prevention tests.
A group of 16 midsize cars were put through the evaluations, which include three different collision scenarios at two different speeds. The most challenging test involves a child-size dummy that walks out into the road from behind parked vehicles that obstruct the view.
The Nissan Maxima achieved the most impressive performance, fully stopping for the test dummies in all six scenarios. Other cars that earned a 'superior' rating -- stopping in most cases, or reducing the impact speed to just a few mph in the fastest tests -- include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Subaru Outback, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volvo S60.
At the other end of the spectrum, the IIHS gave 'no credit' to the pedestrian braking technology on the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. All failed to slow the vehicle by more than a few mph when a dummy was crossing into the road, and all were traveling at least 20 mph when they hit a dummy in a parallel approach from a starting speed of 37 mph.
"Car makers often roll out these kinds of advanced systems in more expensive luxury lines or as expensive options, so the superior performance of the standard systems on the more mainstream Maxima and Outback is noteworthy," says IIHS president David Harkey.
Surprisingly, the BMW 3 Series' standard pedestrian crash-prevention system was included in the superior list, yet the more expensive optional system earned a lesser 'advanced' rating. The same mark was given to the Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Tesla Model 3, among others.