We're all for automated systems that make drivers, passengers, and pedestrians safer. But do they work? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 11 small SUVs (all 2018 and 2019 models) to find out how their pedestrian-avoidance systems worked in a set of road tests at three different speeds.
The results were mixed, to put it mildly. Four of the tested vehicles performed very well, competely avoiding crash test carnage. According to Car and Driver:
The IIHS tested 11 models from the 2018 and 2019 model years. Only four completely stopped and did not crash into the pedestrian dummies—which, amazingly, feature realistic moving legs—in each of three tests. The Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC40 all scored the top Superior rating. Earning the mid-grade Advanced rating were the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Kona, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue. The Mitsubishi Outlander scored the lowest Basic rating, while the BMW X1 plowed through the dummies so hard that the IIHS gave it a zero.
IIHS's video is worth a watch: