The IIHS has just concluded some SUV crash tests, with the Chevrolet Trailblazer included. The results for the Trailblazer are counted as results attributable to the Saab 9-7x.
It’s something to seriously consider as the 9-4x continues it’s development that Saab place a huge value on safety. As well as they’ve made the 9-7x handle, and as good as they’ve made the vehicle compared to its siblings, it’s hard to make a bullet proof vest out of kleenex tissues.
Scores awarded by the IIHS are Poor, Marginal, Acceptable and Good. Good is as good as it gets.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave marginal scores in side-impact tests of 2008 versions of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and two SUVs built by Nissan Motor Co. — the Pathfinder and Xterra without optional side air bags.
In frontal testing, all of the SUVs received the top score of good except the TrailBlazer, which improved to receive the second-highest rating of acceptable. Previous versions of the SUV had been rated marginal.
In rear crash testing, only the Grand Cherokee received the top rating of good. The Nissan Pathfinder was rated marginal while the remaining SUVs received the lowest score of poor.
The 9-7x is a good SUV when it comes to doing what a luxury SUV should do – driving well. But when doing what a Saab must do well – protecting its occupants – it’s got to be seen as wanting.
The 9-4x must be better.