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Toyota RAV4 Fails Small Overlap Test

Toyota RAV4 Fails Small Overlap Test

Jul 12 2013, 12:00pm CDT | by

Toyota's small SUV receives a "poor" rating

If you've ever shopped for a vehicle or check crash ratings on a vehicle you thinking about buying, you be familiar with the star system that the Insurance Institute for Highly Safety uses to rate...

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Toyota RAV4 Fails Small Overlap Test

Jul 12 2013, 12:00pm CDT | by

Toyota's small SUV receives a "poor" rating

If you've ever shopped for a vehicle or check crash ratings on a vehicle you thinking about buying, you be familiar with the star system that the Insurance Institute for Highly Safety uses to rate crashworthiness of vehicles. Recently the Insurance Institute tested the new 2013 RAV4 for its front small overlap crash test. The results weren't good.

The vehicle received a poor ranking in the test but scored "good" overall. This small overlap test is said to be particularly demanding because many automotive manufacturers aren't designing vehicles to stand up to this sort of impact. The small overlap test is designed to mimic a vehicle coming in contact with something like a pole or tree.

The test simulates a small impact that is 25% of the overall width of the front of the vehicle. The test has a vehicle crash into a five-foot high barrier on the driver side at 40 mph. This test was added to the testing battery last year.




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