USAC tests traction and control of most popular mid-size SUVs
Everyone who drives experiences unpredictable situations on the road. SUVs tend to have a higher center of gravity and can become unstable if evasive action is needed in certain driving situations. The United States Auto Club implemented an independent test which measured the time required to negotiate obstacles on a dry surface. They put each of these vehicles through the same evasive lane change test. The 2014 Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and Mazda CX-5. Who comes out on top?
They tested these popular mid-size SUVs to see how each reacted to adverse driving situations like an evasive lane change on a dry course. They tested the stability, traction and control of each SUV. The professional drivers conducted the test to see how each of the top five small all-wheel-drive crossovers were able to handle unpredictable situations on the road.
The USAC drivers drove each mid-size SUV and performed a series of runs on a dry surface. Each test driver drove through the obstacles on the course and increased speed with each run to determine which vehicle could navigate the course in the fastest time without hitting any obstacles.
They started with the Ford Escape. One driver said, “Well it felt like it kicked in a little bit on the front wheels, almost felt like the front wheels would come up off the ground.” Another said, “Okay I’m not happy with the Ford. The Honda CR-V was next which slid through the course and wiped out one of the obstacles.