midsize sport utility vehicles, while the Hummer H3 had one of the
poorest showings, according to results released Tuesday by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute, which is funded by the insurance industry, said the
redesigned Murano was the only vehicle among the nine tested to get
the highest rating in front, side and rear crash tests. It praised
Nissan Motor Co. for making electronic stability control standard on
the 2009 Murano. The system, which helps prevent swerving, was an
option on previous models.
"You don't know what kind of crash you're going to get into, so you
want a vehicle that affords the best protection in the most common
kinds of crashes," Joe Nolan, the institute's senior vice president,
said in a statement.
General Motors Corp.'s H3 was the only vehicle in the group that
didn't get the top rating for frontal crash protection