The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that the 2013 Toyota RAV4 obtained the lowest rating provided by the institute particularly when this was subjected to the small overlap front crash test.
It was previously made public that Toyota has implemented a few changes on the 2013 version of the RAV4s that were built after the month of April this year. Such changes include the improvement of the stability of the vehicle’s steering wheel column as well as adding additional padding on the vehicle’s carpeting most especially under its footwell. Unfortunately, such changes were not enough to boost the 2013 Toyota RAV4’s overall safety features.
Based on the information provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the “IIHS,” the 2013 Toyota RAV4 obtained the institute’s lowest score which is the “poor rating” when this was subjected to the small overlap front crash test. This is because the evaluators found out that the vehicle’s space which is allotted for the driver was greatly compromised by an intruding structure.
In addition to that, it was also found out that the left foot of the dummy used on the test was trapped by the buckled and crushed sheetmetal on the vehicle’s footwell. Due to these, the IIHS personnel gave the 2013 Toyota RAV4 with the lowest rating of “poor” because they have probably discovered that the SUV offers an inadequate amount of control on the movements of the dummy and comes with a poor structure.
The IIHS developed the small overlap front crash test to measure the vehicle’s resilience when the driver crashes its front quarter on the left into a number of objects that are on the road such as another car, a tree or a telephone pole.
But despite of its frustrating performance in the small overlap front crash test, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 was still awarded by the IIHS with its Top Safety Pick Award. This is because the RAV4 posted the “good” rating on the side, moderate overlap, rear and rollover tests.