Consumer Reports has placed the 2014 Toyota Camry back to its recommended list after previously dropping the 2013 model sedan in October. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Camry – enhanced with a strengthened frame -- an “acceptable” rating in a new front-end test, prompting the magazine to re-list the sedan.
"The Consumer Reports recommendation is certainly a big thing for Toyota," said Jake Fisher, Consumer Report’s director of automotive testing. He said that the Camry was the fastest vehicle returning to the recommended list. Only 22 passenger vehicles -- two from a US carmaker – received the highest rating of "top safety pick plus" from IIHS. The new test was designed to persuade automakers to improve protection in such front-end crashes.
The only US vehicles receiving the rating were the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. Honda, including its Acura brand, got the most top picks with six. Another 17 vehicles, including the Camry and the Chevrolet Spark, received "top safety pick" rating.
"There are a few automakers who are really leading the charge" in vehicle safety, IIHS President Adrian Lund said. IIHS introduced in 2012 the overlap front crash test, which simulates a collision at 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) wherein the driver's side corner impacts another vehicle or an immobile object like as a tree.
The test has forced carmakers to redesign their vehicles to get a top rating from IIHS.