Toyota Motor Corp. says the latest iteration of RAV4 crossover earned a passing score in the latest round of tests simulating small-overlap front crashes as conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to Toyota Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary Seigo Kuzumaki, the 2015 RAV4 got a “good” score in the latest test, which should allow the crossover to earn institute’s coveted Top Safety Pick rating.
The 2014 RAV4 failed to earn the status after getting poor results in the small overlap test conducted in July 2013, prompting Toyota engineers to vow an overhaul and to make the crossover more than strong enough to pass.
The RAV4 needs a small-overlap rating score of at least “acceptable” to earn Top Safety Pick. Official results of the latest test won’t be published until December, according to IIHS spokesman Russ Rader, adding that the results look promising.
RAV4 is the brand’s third best-selling nameplate as well as the sixth top-selling truck in the United States in the first 10 months of the year with sales of 223,593 units (up 26 percent). Rader remarked that Toyota has been revising a number of models to improve small-overlap protection.
Other Toyota vehicles that have received a “poor” rating are the 2013 Camry, the 2014 Prius V and the 2014 Prius C. The 2014 Toyota Corolla received a “marginal” score in the small-overlap test although its 2015 version has yet to be tested. The Camry improved its score for the MY2014 to “acceptable” and for the MY2015 to “good.”