Of all the crash test results conducted by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, the SUVs with the spare tires located on the back seem to receive the most damage (7 of the 10 in this group have the spare tire on the rear).
1999–2003 Models – Total Damage From Combined Rear Into Pole and Rear Into Flat Barrier Impact

  • Isuzu Trooper – $7,111
  • Mitsubishi Montero – $5,558
  • Toyota RAV4 – $5,358
  • Honda CR-V – $5,232
  • Land Rover Freelander – $4,823
  • Buick Rendezvous – $4,822
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 – $3,867
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee – $3,686
  • Kia Sorento – $3,598
  • Jeep Liberty – $3,505

Note: This group of 10 SUVs was the most expensive to fix after a rear end impact (that we could find records on) as tested by the IIHS. There may be other SUVs with similar crash test results that could exceed the numbers in this chart.

“SUVs may be advertised as rugged. Manufacturers tell potential buyers they can drive these vehicles anywhere adventure leads them. But consumers can expect big repair bills if they’re unlucky enough to bump these so-called rugged vehicles into something at slow speeds.” IIHS President Brian O’Neill

The Average Cost Of Repairs For This Group Of 10 SUVs  For The 5 MPH “Rear-Into-Pole” Collision Is  $2,711.30.

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