Vin Stefanelli wrote:Crash tests!
go crash this
more size and weight are a plus in collisions
Mass does have a partial advantage, but impact absorbtion is far more important.
The lack of crumple zones and the fact that the Hummer frame protrudes form the back of the car
is what heads to it's very poor rear end crash test rating.
When an overly ridgid truch is hit the shock wave is very sudden and is transmited through the driver and passangers body.
Most mortal car accidents are not caused by passangers getting crushed, but by the shock wave that is transmitted through the car and by the sudden deceleration.
This is important because there is very little you can do about rear end collisions.
The reason why the Murano did so well in crash tests is that it combined mass and INTELLIGENT DESIGN.
What's even more funny is that you try to make your point by showing a picture of a piece of crap American School bus..... busses that are well known for bad handling, heavy pollution and terrible safety rating.