Last year the RAV4 and Toyota suffered a setback, as the RAV4 did not pass the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s tests or earn the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick award. When this happened Toyota engineers vowed to make it stronger and do a complete overhaul to pass a mid-cycle refreshing in later tests.
According to Automotive News, “Toyota Motor Corp. Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary Seigo Kuzumaki said the RAV4 scored a ‘good’ in Tuesday’s test, thereby earning the institute’s Top Safety Pick status.”
The official results will become available in December, but the RAV4 needs to earn a rating of “acceptable” in the small-overlap front crash test to earn Top Safety Pick. The IIHS spokesman declined to comment on whether or not the RAV4 passed its crash safety tests, though he did say that the improvements look promising and quite significant.
Toyota would love to delete that mark on the RAV4’s history of a failed safety rating, especially on such a popular vehicle. The RAV4 is Toyota’s 3rd best selling model.
At Phil Wright Toyota we are looking forward to the improved crash safety of the RAV4 and are prepared to offer an IIHS Top Safety Pick at our dealership.