Chrysler JeepSmall SUVs have enjoyed raging sales because of their versatility and gas mileage. The sales of some brands in the sector may plunge. New data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has raised concerns about the safety of several 2013 models.

USAToday said of SUVs tested by IIHS:

Five small crossovers flunk the new small overlap crash test, but not the 2014 Subaru Forester.

The Forester was the only one of 13 small crossover SUVs to earn an overall rating of good in the test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport got an acceptable rating.

Rated marginal were the Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Jeep Wrangler and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Five small crossovers were rated poor included the Ford Escape, Jeep Patriot, Buick Encore, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

Shares of Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) are up fractionally in premarket trading to $14.71, in a 52-week range of $8.82 to $14.77. General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) shares also are fractionally fractionally in premarket trading, at $32.32 in a 52-week range of $18.72 to $32.44.


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