According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS), the most expensive mid size SUV that they ever had to fix after the 5 mph “rear into pole” crash test was the 2000 Isuzu Trooper. That’s 5 mph; just above walking speed, and the vehicle sustained $3,317 damage. Part of the reason for all this damage is that the spare tire hangs on the end gate. When the vehicle encounters something like a pole or another vehicle the spare tire crushes the end gate, blows out the rear window and in some instances, pulls the side fender wells in.
SUV July 31st 2012