2013 Toyota RAV4 Fails Safety Test: Now What?

The redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 has received a rating of “poor’ in the IIHS small overlap test.

According to Automotive News, this test simulates what happens when a driver crashes the left front quarter of a vehicle into an object such as a tree, telephone pole or another car. Small overlap test examines how well a vehicle handles 40-mph frontal collisions.

According to IIHS and Automotive News, the RAV4’s driver’s space was “seriously compromised by intruding structure, and the dummy’s left foot was trapped by crushed and buckled sheet metal in the footwell.”

The institute also said the seat belt allowed “excessive forward movement of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel.”

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So if the 2013 Toyota RAV4 fails the IIHS crash test, what crossover SUV should you pick?

2014 Subaru Forester Front Quarter Shot

2014 Subaru Forester

One choice is the 2014 Subaru Forester. The redesigned Forester was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. It is the only small SUV to achieve the IIHS score of “good” in the front small overlap test. The 2014 Subaru Forester is the only small SUV to earn “good” in every IIHS crash test. The new Forester also features a new bold front fascia, up to 32 MPG, and even room in the back seat. It also comes standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.

In fact, Consumer Reports recently announced the Forester as the Top Small SUV, beating out the 2013 Toyota RAV4.

VIEW LOCAL INVENTORY: 2014 Subaru Forester

Another choice is the Honda CR-V. The CR-V has a better score in the small overlap front test results, and scores “good” on all other IIHS crash tests. The CR-V has the same fuel economy as the Toyota RAV4 and comes standard with features including Bluetooth. The Honda CR-V has a lower MSRP than 2013 Toyota RAV4 and a higher rating in the NHTSA Crash Test Ratings.



2013 Nissan Rogue front

2013 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue achieves a better front small overlap rating. It is also $3,000 less MSRP.


The Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Ford Escape and Kia Sportage are all considered IIHS Top Safety Picks. They all have achieved ratings of “good” in front, side, rollover and rear safety crash tests.

The Ford Escape also features better highway fuel economy. 

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The 2013 Mitsubishi Sport was named IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the safest vehicles on the road, and it achieved the second best rating in the IIHS Front Small Overlap crash test ratings.

As you see, we think there are plenty of options when you compare the 2013 Toyota RAV4. View your local small SUV inventory to see the safer choices.

Read more:

Automotive News: RAV4 rates ‘poor’ in crash test despite redesign

IIHS Press Release: Toyota RAV4 earns poor rating in small overlap front crash test



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